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Chapel for Ripon College by Níall McLaughlin, Oxford, UK

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

In July 2009, Níall McLaughlin won a competition to design the Bishop Edward King Chapel for Ripon College in Oxfordshire. The project is now on site and is due for completion in August 2012. The design synthesises two key architectural ideas.

Mock-up of wall construction

Mock-up of wall construction

Model of the hull-like structure and internal space

Model of the hull-like structure and internal space

The first is a gentle hollow in the ground that acts as a meeting place for the community. The second is a delicate, hull-like structure that rises into the treetops to gather the light from the leaves. The first speaks of a rootedness, of meeting in the still centre; the second suggests a buoyancy. These two opposing forces play off each other to create a resonant whole.

Cross section

Cross section

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