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Haven in the Clearing - Saint Hubertus Chapel

Ádám Tátrai, Szilárd Köninger and Júlia Stein created an intense muster area with associations to sanctity, humbleness and tradition. The finished project plays a tribute to St Hubertus and functions as a place of worship, but its use extends way beyond.

"…it is good for us to be here…" (Mark 9:5)


There is a tabernacle stands in a glade made of wood. There are some grazing horses around. There is a shrine with three stools under the roof. A place for liturgy. Its antitype is a wayside shrine or a baroque triangular covering. It is almost a chapel, but not a church. Sanctuary of the glade where people gather wearing khaki outfit. Some are carrying a horn, antlers, while others are decorating as the Saint Hubertus celebration begins… It is a private company. The Hunters - I mean. Keepers of an ancient tradition. The ritual of chasing and killing for a living. So its place is far from settlements. …a tune of a bell beat the air finishing the preparation. It is much too small in size compared to its sound. The only temporary adornment of the sacred space. The triangular sanctuary opens towards the audience but unclosed in the back, focusing on infinity. Furniture is gone by the end of the day and horses can re-enter the field. There is a tabernacle, which stands alone in the glade framing the silence of the primaeval forest.

Hubertus Chapel - architects: Ádám Tátrai, Szilárd Köninger, Júlia Stein (CAN Architects) - photo: Szilárd Köninger


The call from the forestry was to create a chapel-like building for hunters to celebrate the Hubertus Day. As the Forestry was fascinated by the happening but unclear about the program of the building. The key was to make the rules clear for the start in the following points:

  • Liturgy: to determine a method of liturgy and make the mass and the ceremony functional for around 300 people
  • Objet Trouvé: to find a reference system in the absence of consecrated place in the neighbours
  • Materiality: naiveté use of wood (from the Forestry)


  • Liturgy: camping liturgy
  • Objet Trouvé: The wayside shrine is unique in this region in sacred building, focusing on the Trinity was a German impact in the Baroque Age. The mysterious number three was the root of the design as seen in the base of column statues or even in shelter roofs supporting by three columns.
  • Materiality: timber is the only material we use, even in joinery and furniture. The roof, the pavement and the roof cover are us the local wood.

Hubertus Chapel - architects: Ádám Tátrai, Szilárd Köninger, Júlia Stein (CAN Architects) - photo: Szilárd Köninger

The architecture is a compound of the three points. The layout is an equilateral triangle defining a space, which opens up to the audience and is unclosed on the back. Levitating on grass. The altar and the three stools follow the same method and order in design as the chapel. Made of series of lath with wooden joineries. The furniture is mobile, but their form defines their place in the sanctuary.

CAN Architects



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