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MIT Chapel

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Eero Saarinen
location Massachusetts, Cambridge
function chapel, university
contributed by thom

Eero Saarinen designed the non-denominational MIT Chapel in 1955. It is located opposite the Kresge Auditorium which was also designed by Saarinen. The oval chapel is a cylindrical brick form constructed of rough and imperfect bricks which catch the sunlight on its textured surface. The building sits in a shallow moat and is supported by a series of low arches of different radii which rise out of the moat that reflects patterns of light onto the exterior wall of the chapel and evokes images of bridges spanning a river. To enter the small chapel, one walks from the public spaces surrounding the chapel into a small grove of birch trees, enters through the timber doors which are located off the main oval and turns 180 degrees to head back through a enclosed glazed bridge into the circular chapel and is then drawn towards the light falling onto the white marble altar from the ceiling.

OHans says:
Amazing little jewel on the MIT Campus. The way natural light is used is striking. The brickwork is rough in detail and yet wonderful in it's subtlety of texture.
Aachen, Germany 11-Apr-11
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MIT Chapel
Massachusetts Avenue W15 77
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours The MIT Chapel is open seven days a week from 07.00 - 23.00. When nothing is scheduled during those times, it is open to members of the MIT Community for private meditation.
How to get there? The chapel is located within the grounds of MIT. Take the Red Line subway at the Kendall Stop. Parking is available on the campus.
Completion 1955
ArchitectEero Saarinen
Project ID 3486
Latitude/Longitude 42°21'30N 71°05'39W
Contributed by thom
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