Niall McLaughlin Architects’ graceful chapel wins 2013 Wood Award

Although its beautiful design for the Bishop Edward King Chapel failed to win the 2013 Stirling Prize, Niall McLaughlin Architects has taken the Gold Award in the 2013 Wood Awards contest. The competition highlights the best use of wood in British design, furniture and architecture.

The Bishop Edward King Chapel is an elliptical building located at the heart of Ripon College in Oxfordshire. It is used by nuns and student clergy as a place of worship and its pale wood interior, in which arches soar up to the ceiling like trees lining a forest path, is filled with soft light.

Ash and larch were used to construct the interior of the chapel and the exterior was built from Clipsham stone. Individual chunks of stone are arranged on the outside wall in a dogtooth pattern, with alternating rough and smooth sides on display.

Inside the chapel, the ceiling and the walls have been rendered in lime plaster, a natural finish which creates subtly varying tones and textures. The doorway leading out of the chapel is aligned with an enormous copper beech, so that people emerge beneath the canopy of the tree.

Planning a sustainable and attractive building that uses wood as a main feature can be an exciting undertaking. An architect in Chester who has experience of creating buildings with wood could draw up a design that takes inspiration from the Bishop Edward King Chapel.

As well as offering visual appeal and structural benefits, wood allows for the creation of spaces with perfect acoustics, and voices inside the chapel sound crystal clear.

Posted by Mark
December 10, 2013
New Buildings

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