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Catholic Campus Ministry at Wright State University / The Collaborative Inc

  • 01:00 - 7 July, 2013
Catholic Campus Ministry at Wright State University / The Collaborative Inc
Catholic Campus Ministry at Wright State University / The Collaborative Inc, © Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Catholic Campus Ministry, Wright State University, 3650 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn, OH 45324, United States
  • MEP Engineer

    Heapy Engineering
  • Structural Engineer

    LKL Engineers
  • Area

    5980.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

Text description provided by the architects. Wright State University and the Catholic Diocese of Cincinnati spent six years negotiating a deal to sell all but two acres of the Diocese’s land to the University.  The money from the sale helped fund the Chapel’s construction, located on the remaining land adjacent to campus. The Chapel is sited to take advantage of both the seclusion of the wooded property, and the frontage along an existing pedestrian path between nearby student housing and campus center.

© Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

Purposefully placed metal panels and redwood cladding create contemporary, clean forms that speak to the environment. The entry tower anchors the building, serving as a beacon amongst the grounds and directing your eye upward to the mature trees.  Perched at the edge of the woods, the worship space is marked with full-height windows.  Instead of a traditional cross-cut view of the mature trees, the fenestration in the main worship space offers16-foot views of the surrounding forest.

© Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

Simple in concept, the Chapel is thoughtfully organized. The natural theme extends inside, with a wood partition defining the altar.  Minimal ornamentation keeps the atmosphere neutral, and allows the spirit of nature to flood the space.  A movable font fosters flexibility for the college-aged congregation with few baptisms.  A gravel ring, essentially a French drain, directs baptismal water back to sacred ground. In addition, the sloped roof provides acoustical balance for the concrete floor.

© Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

While owned by the Catholic Diocese, the space is intended for students of all faiths. 

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Cite: "Catholic Campus Ministry at Wright State University / The Collaborative Inc" 07 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/394166/catholic-campus-ministry-at-wright-state-university-the-collaborative-inc/> ISSN 0719-8884
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