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Chapel at Rio Roca Ranch / Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects

  • 01:00 - 29 August, 2011
Chapel at Rio Roca Ranch / Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects
Chapel at Rio Roca Ranch / Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects, © Walter Jennings
© Walter Jennings

© Walter Jennings © Walter Jennings © Walter Jennings © Walter Jennings +32

  • Consultants

     HP Engineering (MEP), Myers-Beatty Engineering (Structural)
  • Landscape Architect

    Dan Sauerwein
  • Owner/Client

    Rio Roca Ranch
  • General Contractor

    English Heritage Homes (Michael Taylor Supervisor)
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From the architect. The Rio Roca Chapel is a carefully articulated wooden structure which is coupled with opulent textures and set against an awe-inspiring landscape. Its lightweight wood structure is braced elegantly with tension bars and turnbuckles, providing support for the walls and copper roof. The chapel’s configuration is essentially an intricate weaving of steel and wood flitch systems with tongue and groove decking above.

Main Level Plan
Main Level Plan

Site Plan Short Section South Elevation West Elevation +32

The shift between plateau and river bluff is traversed by a stone retaining wall; through which visitors go through to enter the chapel, and after which the magnificent views of the Brazos River are exposed.

© Walter Jennings
© Walter Jennings
Details
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The site’s axis runs east-west parallel along the river to capitalize on the landscape and view of School House Mountain, therefore the glazing present on corresponding exterior walls allows a relatively unobstructed view thorough the chapel. This transparent quality truly expresses the divine purpose of this building; the light filtered into the chapel primarily enters from above, and is playfully reflected and refracted throughout.

© Walter Jennings
© Walter Jennings
© Walter Jennings
© Walter Jennings
© Walter Jennings
© Walter Jennings

The locale of the chapel, in a part of Texas dotted with oil and gas rigs, has determined the aesthetic quality of the detailing. While the forms of a well and this chapel are largely apart, the threaded connections, held in place by set screws, which allow for minor adjustment and tensioning are alike. The use of these connections, such as turnbuckles, also allows much of the wooden structure to be fabricated offsite.

© Walter Jennings
© Walter Jennings
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59 Comments

mat · October 11, 2012

i definitly see this as a personal library with a nice reading place.

abe · August 17, 2012
aakowalik · July 06, 2012

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john doe · January 31, 2012

such a beautiful view

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Jean-Yves MESNIL · August 30, 2011

very beautiful, and the spirit is present :-)

Stacy Renecke · August 30, 2011

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mark · August 30, 2011

Jennings's was a partner of fay's....

Phed Niyomsilp · February 24, 2012 06:35 AM

"Maurice Jennings was a partner of E. Fay Jones and worked with him for 25 years"
-http://www.mauricejennings.com...

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Brendan · August 30, 2011

I totally agree. Before I saw the comments, as I was reading this I was thinking that my comment would say "Shameless copy of Thorncrown chapel."

jeb · January 12, 2012 04:04 AM

yeah that's interesting, because when i was scrolling down, i was thinking, 'I bet some boring wise-arse will say this project rips off the Thorncrown chapel.'

Daniel Day · August 30, 2011

To say this architect liked Thorncrown Chapel is an understatement-they blatantly copied it. Shameful.

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Darren BRADLEY · August 29, 2011

Agree. I thought it was the Wayfarers' Chapel from the thumbnail.

Scott Lagstrom · August 29, 2011

must really like faye jones' thorncrown chapel.

Dennis Moss Jnr · August 29, 2011

reminds me of Lloyd Wright's Wayfarers Chapel

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