Tuesday, November 8, 2011

designers we heart: air force academy, colorado springs

björn had to go to work on sunday morning and due to all of the snow in durango we were force to drive north to colorado springs so that he could catch a flight out.  colorado springs is a beautiful place geographically.  the mountains to the west of the city rise up so quickly and you can see majestic pikes peak from just about anywhere.  colorado springs is also home to the air force academy and the site of this great building designed by famed architect, walter netsch of skidmore, owings and merrill.  this building serves as the cadet chapel and is a beautiful example of a space which can evoke a feeling of spirituality and awe in just about anyone.  completed in 1962 the chapel consists of 17 spires made up of 100 tubular steel tetrahedrons spaced one foot apart.  the void between the tetrahedrons is filled with colored stained glass which glows from within. the 17 spires resemble fighter jets soaring in the sky and the piece is truly a great example of modern architecture.

view of the chapel from a wooded path leading from the visitors center

the interior of the chapel and the protestant worship space

the beautiful spires

the other buildings on campus are pretty interesting as well especially with the
 mountains as a backdrop

i enjoyed my visit to the air force academy chapel and was even fortunate enough to attend a service in the beautiful space.  i think that the mission of the chapel is important to note, the goal is "to inspire men and women to become leaders of character by providing spiritual care and facilitating the exercise of free religion."  

all photos via me for design house love

No comments:

Post a Comment


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...