Niall McLaughlin Architects has won the competition to design a new College Chapel in Oxfordshire.
Ripon College Cuddesdon and the Oxford Ministry Course combine to make a thriving, vibrant single institution providing theological education and training for ministry. The new Chapel building will be built as part of a major programme of expansion and consolidation of its buildings in order to meet the needs of ministerial formation and Christian education in the 21st century. Other proposed developments include New Teaching and Residential Facilities for Students and the Begbroke Community of Nuns all being designed by architects Hopper Howe Sadler.
The competition brief set out the aspiration for a building of the ‘highest architectural quality’. A total of 126 architects from all over the world applied to take part in the competition.
McLaughlin’s scheme was the unanimous choice of the Jury Panel. Chair of the Panel and RIBA architect adviser for this competition David Morley said : “The relatively small scale of this project contrasts with its major significance as an opportunity to set new standards for liturgical design. The competition inspired wide interest from the UK and internationally and the Ripon College community were bold in their openness to consider un-traditional designs. This was reflected strongly in both the shortlist and the selection of the winning scheme by Niall McLaughlin. McLaughlin’s proposal stood out because of the depth of understanding and inspiration it demonstrated from a strategic to a detailed level. The elliptical shape with its two focal points on the altar and lectern is a brilliantly simple innovative response to the traditional ‘college’ configuration for a chapel. This simple idea is just part of an approach that is both poetic – ‘the first architectural image was of a buoyant, tethered boat’ – and technically sophisticated proposing materials such as wicker rainscreen; CNC cutting and Phase Change Material”.
The College Principal, Revd Canon Prof. Martyn Percy added : “The Chapel is the heart of any worshipping community. This vision for a new place of worship – with its use of light, space, glass, wood and stone – really captures our hope for the church and the world, and for the shaping of religious and spiritual life. The Chapel forms part of an exciting development plan that will also provide additional accommodation and teaching space for the College as well as closer links with significant local Christian communities. We will be undertaking a public consultation shortly that will be informed by a range of proposals being designed and co-ordinated by Hopper Howe Sadler”.
The four other practices shortlisted to the design phase of the competition were : Massimiliano Fuksas Architetto ; Sarah Hare Architects ; Terry Pawson Architects Ltd ; and Ushida Findlay Architects.
|Category||Project Competition / Competition Result|
|Type||International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Onymous|
|RegDeadline||11 June 2009 GoogleCal iCal|
|11 June 2009 (Must be Received)|
The panel will include representatives from The College and the Community of St John Baptist and the RIBA Architectural Adviser for this competition (once appointed this paper will be updated).
A maximum of five will be invited to proceed to the competition phase and each will receive an equal honorarium of £5,000 + VAT.
- CVs of key people within the architectural practice proposed for this project
- an introduction to the practice, reason and motivation for applying for this project
- details of relevant projects, including images
- three client referees (contact details only are required – architects will be notified in advance if references are to be taken up)
Selection of shortlist : w/c 18th June
Shortlist notified / stage 2 brief issued : w/c 22nd June
Submission of stage two material : 4th August
Final judging / interviews : end August (tbc)
Ripon College, Cuddesdon