Near the centre of the town of Lamia, a uniquely shaped, all-concrete chapel had several insulation and water ingress issues arising from the almost dilapidated cover of the curved RC roof.


The client (Greek Orthodox Church) wanted to establish a new roof that would have the qualities and looks of traditional religious shapes that would distinguish the chapel from the surrounding structures.


I designed a lightweight structure and I undertook the architectural and structural design of an intricate geometry new roof. This involved the pre-construction of four almost identical main load-bearing structural steel parts that were to be assembled to form a groin-vaulted roof. It was topped with pre-oxidised copper shingles.


The Project is still to be constructed due to financing reasons.


Addition of a new roof in a traditional chapel


Lamia, Central Greece