weight of light


During a December visit to the Saint Ignatius Chapel in Seattle, Washington I was reminded of the transformative power great architecture embodies. Below is a short letter thanking Steven Holl and others who helped realize this poetic assembly of space, material and light.

thank you for creating architecture that engages my imagination.  presenting textures that draw out emotions of my past, choreographing light to carry weight so heavy that alloys appear as a feather.  thank you for keeping ends open, for implying intersections and capturing the innate physical properties of material.  thank you for compressing my perceptible space through the rich saturation of details so that conditions twelve feet away disappear until I am directly adjacent to them, quietly transforming a modest 6,000 square foot chapel into a cathedral.