Jesuit Chapel

“Light not only makes things visible, it projects images.”
- George Hersey, from Architecture and Geometry in the Age of the Baroque

This chapel is one part of a new residential community for the New Colombiere Jesuits in Baltimore, Maryland. Two “tree canopies” filter daylight from the north and south curtain walls  while defining a nave and side-aisle organization enabling ceremonial Catholic traditions. While the steel frame remains consistent in each bay, the perforated plywood infill panels vary in shape to allow for pockets of light to bounce through the layers, creating a dynamic atmospheric space.

A case-study in digital coordination between designer and multiple fabricators, the steel and wood components were precisely fabricated off-site and quickly assembled onsite.

Project completed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson – Ryan Keerns involved as Project Designer.


Corporation of the Roman Catholic Clergymen


Baltimore, Maryland


Residential retirement community


60,000 SF


Completed 2012


AIA Philadelphia - Honor Award
AIA Philadelphia - Devine Detail Honor Award
The Chicago Athenaeum - American Architecture Award
Faith and Form Magazine - Merit Award

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