An Architectural Case Study

The Chapel of St. Basil

The Chapel of St. Basil is a chapel on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, designed by Philip Johnson.

The Chapel includes a fascinating play on light, as there is no artificial light inside the main section of building during the daytime. There is sufficient sunlight to fully light the worship space, as a combination of smooth textures and reflective surfaces maximize all light shone in the building. At night, the lights from outside combined with candles inside the Chapel are more than enough to illuminate the worship area.

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Photo Credits: John Libeskind