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St Ignatius Chapel Seattle : Building

Washington Religious Architecture, USA – design by Steven Holl Architects

Aug 11, 2009

Chapel of St Ignatius in Seattle

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Date built: 1995-97
Design: Steven Holl Architects

Contemporary religious building in Washington by celebrated American architect

St Ignatius Chapel - Steven Holl Building

Photos courtesy Marialaura Polignano

Seven bottles of light in a stone box; the metaphor of light is shaped in different volumes emerging from the roof whose irregularities aim at different qualities of light: East facing, South facing, West and North facing, all gathered together for one united ceremony.

St Ignatius Chapel Chapel of St Ignatius Chapel of St Ignatius in Seattle

Each of the light volumes corresponds to a part of the program of Jesuit Catholic worship. The south-facing light corresponds to the procession, a fundamental part of the mass. The city-facing north light corresponds to the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament and to the mission of outreach to the community. The main worship space has a volume of east and west light. At night, which is the particular time of gatherings for mass in this university chapel, the light volumes are like beacons shining in all directions out across the campus.

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Chapel of St Ignatius Seattle – Building Information

PROGRAM: Jesuit chapel for Seattle University
CLIENT: Seattle University
SIZE: 6,100 sq ft
STATUS: complete

Chapel of St Ignatius in Seattle images / information from Steven Holl Architects

St Ignatius Chapel Seattle architect : Steven Holl

Location: St Ignatius Chapel, Seattle, Washington, USA


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