Buckminster Knows 041

The Kresge Chapel (1955) by Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) was part of a plan to include more facilities and to landscape the open spaces at the MIT campus in the early 1950's. The plan was never completed and the chapel, together with the nearby Kresge Auditorium (1953-1955) (also by Saarinen), have as a result a slightly odd relationship to each other and to the surroundings.
The structure is a simple cylinder from the outside, while the inside features a curved plan with highly theatrical lighting reminiscent of a great Baroque church like Borromini's San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane(1634).

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