Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We use cookies to personalise your experience; learn more in our Privacy and Cookie Policy. You can opt out of some cookies by adjusting your browser settings; see the cookie policy for details. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies.

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

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.