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The Luce Memorial Chapel

These warped planes meet at the top to form a ridge line. The resulting tent-like structure creates a feeling of stability and more importantly, enhances the building’s resistance to strong winds and earthquakes. From the base to the peak of the ridge, the front façade forms a nearly equilateral triangle whose graceful curving lines are at their most stunning when viewed from within a forty-five degree angle of the front of the chapel. The front and the back of the chapel are covered in heat-absorbing glass panels. The dark tint of the glass creates the illusion of an architectural void. Since the geometry of the front and side façades differs, visitors can walk around the chapel and discover different aspects of the building’s beauty.


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