St. Pius Chapel and Prayer Garden / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

St. Pius Chapel and Prayer Garden / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

© Will Crocker © Frank Methe © Will Crocker © Will Crocker + 13

New Orleans, United States
  • Mep Engineering Consultant: Mazzetti
  • Structural Engineering Consultant: Robert Bouchon
  • General Contractor: Voelkel McWilliams Construction, LLC
More Specs Less Specs
© Will Crocker
© Will Crocker

Text description provided by the architects. Designed as a quiet refuge and intimate sanctuary for sacred reflection and contemplation, the new chapel on the church campus is a subtle sculptural addition to the landscape. Parishioners were clear that the chapel design should complement the modernist character of the adjacent church and its striking roof, which rises sculpturally to more than 75 feet above the church floor. The new chapel’s steep, angular roofline reflects this form and context, thus allowing the inclusion of significant glazing elements from above, adjacent to and behind the new sanctuary. The careful orientation and modulation of this glazing create distinct changes in the pattern of natural light throughout the day, enhancing the visitor’s experience.

Site Plan
Site Plan
© Will Crocker
© Will Crocker
Perspective Section
Perspective Section

The interior design features are intentionally minimal. The spaces power and purpose is enhanced by its very simplicity; the sculpting of the building massing extends to the interiors and is visually understood as a carved-away, white volume. Even the Christian cross, adjacent to the tabernacle, is expressed through the careful carving and folding of white planes accentuated by grazing light. All visual focus is placed on the tabernacle and monstrance containing the Eucharist, allowing occupants worship in quiet and contemplative solitude.

© Frank Methe
© Frank Methe

Project gallery

See all Show less

Project location

Address: New Orleans, LA, United States

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
Cite: "St. Pius Chapel and Prayer Garden / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple" 04 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/883785/st-pius-chapel-and-prayer-garden-eskew-plus-dumez-plus-ripple/> ISSN 0719-8884

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.