The Chapel of St Albert

Chapel of St Albert - roof detail


The Chapel of Saint Albert the Great
Architect: Simpson & Brown Architects
Client: The Order of Preachers
Photographer: Chris Humphreys

The Chapel for The Order of Preachers, a Dominican Order, is situated in the garden of one of Edinburgh University’s Georgian townhouses. The new garden chapel is conceived as a space of tranquillity, for reflection and worship.

There is no concession in this garden pavilion to the rubble-built rear elevation into which it plugs. The building form and materials contribute to a calm, peaceful space and connect the building to its garden setting. Deep, angled window reveals bring natural light gently within a space characterised by the warmth of the timber pews and the beautifully crafted timber ceiling which also extends outdoors, beyond the west window. The arc of the roof and the corten steel ‘trees’ add a sculptural drama. The sedum planted roof further melds the building to the garden.

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