Located in rural Clarke County, Virginia, the St. Ignatius Chapel is a key component of the Calcagnini Contemplative Center of Georgetown University.
This building is small and intimate, conceived as an elemental pavilion and intended for groups up to 24. The stuccoed masonry walls are perforated with slabs of glass, the roof is galvanized aluminum, typical for the sheds and barns of the region.
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Inspiration from architect:
Developing an architecture that imparts a strong and clear spirituality without specific reference to any one religion was at the heart of the design intentions. The chapel needed to serve all religious communities at the school – Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, etc. The design succeeds, avoiding both domesticity and overt religious allusion through its austere palette and simplicity of design.