St. Thomas More Chapel

Submitted by Alexander Tylevich

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Client: University of St. Thomas

Location: Minneapolis, MN, United States

Completion date: 2007

Project Team

Artist

Alexander Tylevich

Tylevich Studio

Liturgical Consultant

James Notebaart

Industry Resource

Derix Glass Studio

Derix Glass Studio

Other

Opus Architects & Engineers

Overview

St. Thomas More Chapel is an example of a collaborative work, synthesizing art and architecture. It includes a set of sculptures and a 3,000 sq. ft. suspended art glass installation.

Goals

The chapel is unique in its choice of saints since Thomas More was a complex man, both of his times and beyond them. Our design speaks of Thomas and his values.
The 15 foot bronze doors and surround, the major portal into the chapel, portray Saint Thomas immediately before his death on July 6th, 153 St. Thomas More Chapel includes a set of sculptures and a 3,000 sq. ft. suspended art glass installation. The art glass installation is one of the largest glass installations of its kind in the world. The color pattern radiates from the center and fades as it moves outward and up. The design concept for the windows originated from a 1936 experiment with the splitting of the atom.

Process

The Saint Thomas More Chapel is an important part of the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus. While the chapel shares in the gothic vernacular character of the University buildings, it also develops its own contemporary expression.

Additional Information

The project is a winner of two international IFRAA/AIA Design Honor Awards, and the Henry Hering Art and Architecture Award.