By Victoria M. Young
In the Fifties the brethren on the Benedictine Abbey of Saint John the Baptist in Collegeville, Minnesota—the biggest Benedictine abbey within the world—decided to extend their campus, together with development a brand new church. From a who’s who of architectural stars—such as Walter Gropius, Richard Neutra, Pietro Belluschi, Barry Byrne, and Eero Saarinen—the Benedictines selected a former member of the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer. In collaboration with the priests, this untested non secular fashion designer produced a piece of recent sculptural concrete structure that reenvisioned what a church may be and set a global general for midcentury spiritual layout.
Saint John’s Abbey Church records the discussion of the layout technique, as Breuer steered the priests approximately structure they usually in flip guided him and his affiliates within the building of a sacred house within the an important years of liturgical reform. A analyzing of letters, drawings, and different archival fabrics indicates how those conversations gave form to layout components from the church’s ground plan to the liturgical furniture, artwork, and incomparable stained glass put in inside it. The e-book bargains a unprecedented special view of ways a client and architect interact in a winning construction campaign—one that, consequently, lasted for 2 many years and led to designs for twelve constructions, ten of that have been completed.
The post–World warfare II years have been serious within the improvement of non secular and architectural reports within the United States—experiences that got here jointly within the development of Saint John’s Abbey and college Church and that locate their complete expression in Victoria M. Young’s account of the method. utilizing the liturgy of the mid-twentieth century as a cornerstone for realizing the structure produced to aid it, her ebook showcases the significance of modernism within the layout of sacred house, and of Marcel Breuer’s position in surroundings the standard.
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