Chapel of St. Albert the Great by Simpson & Brown Architects

A mix of corten steel and wood for a new place of worship in Edinburgh

by Malcolm Clark
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The Chapel of St Albert the Great in Edinburgh is the work of a remodelling project by Scottish firm Simpson & Brown Architects“The chapel has become a modern place of worship” explain the architects “characterized by an increased capacity and improved accessibility, especially following the creation of a new opening in the Middle Meadow Walk, which has transformed the chapel into a point of reference for the many people who travel along this popular street.”

The project is characterized by the use of American white oak, used for cladding the ceiling above the altar and the sanctuary places, while the ceiling is supported by four tree-shaped Corten steel columns.

A thick brick wall made of rough blocks of clay coated with sandstone, translates the historic separation between the city houses, while providing mass and solidity to the shape of the building.

The windows cut into this wall allow light to enter and maintain the focus on the sanctuary, with a marvellous oblique view of the garden.

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    Chapel of St Albert the Great

    Edinburgh / United Kingdom / 2012