Steven Holl: CHAPEL OF ST. IGNATIUS

While visiting Seattle recently I got the chance to check out Chapel of St. Ignatius designed by world acclaimed architect Steven Holl.  Although the day was overcast the light that entered the windows of the modernist Catholic church made the space warm rather then dark. Holl describes this church as a stone vessel holding seven liturgical “bottles of light.”  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. Each bottle has different colored glass so that various part of the building are marked out by colored light.

The feeling that the church evoked was one of sacredness, enlightenment and peace even though I am not religious in any way.

 

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