Claire 🐝 Cardwell en The Naked Architect Owner • Blue Designs Architectural Designers 6/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +600

@Soulfulsundays - Thorncrown Chapel by E. Fay Jones

@Soulfulsundays - Thorncrown Chapel by E. Fay Jones 

Thorncrown Chapel was designed by world renowned architect E. Fay Jones. Fay was born in

Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1921. He studied at the University of Arkansas, Rice University, the University of Oklahoma, and finally under his mentor Frank Lloyd Wright at the Taliesin Fellowship.

Jones’ awards include the 1981 American Institute of Architects National Honor Award for Thorncrown Chapel and the AIA Gold Medal (1990). Thorncrown was listed fourth on the AIA’s top ten buildings of the 20th century. When alive, Mr. Jones was recognized as one of the top ten living architects of the 20th century.

The inspiration for Thorncrown Chapel was Sainte Chappelle, Paris’ light filled gothic chapel. Fay affectionately labeled Thorncrown’s style as “Ozark Gothic.” The chapel rises 48 feet into the sky with over 6,000 square feet of glass and 425 windows. Its dimensions are 24 feet by 60 feet. The chapel is made with all organic materials to fit its natural setting. The only steel in the structure forms a diamond shaped pattern in its wooden trusses. The building has a native flagstone floor surrounded with a rock wall which gives the feeling that the chapel is part of its Ozark hillside.

@Soulfulsundays - Thorncrown Chapel by E. Fay Jones

In order to preserve Thorncrown’s natural setting, Fay decided that no structural element could be larger than what two men could carry through the woods. The building materials are primarily pressure treated pine 2x4s, 2x6s, and 2x12s. The larger elements of the building such as the trusses were assembled on the floor and raised into place.

Light, shadows, and reflections play a major role in Thorncrown’s ambience. Because of the chapel’s elaborate trusses and the surrounding trees, constantly changing patterns of light and shadows appear during the day. At night reflections of the crosses in the lights appear to surround the entire building. Consequently, Thorncrown never looks quite the same. Its appearance changes during each hour of the day and during the different seasons of the year.

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For those researching Thorncrown Chapel or Fay Jones :


"Fay Jones" by Robert Ivy Jr. AIA Press

"Outside the Pale: The Architecture of Fay Jones" by Dept. of Arkansas Heritage


"Sacred Spaces: The Architecture of Fay Jones" by Larry Foley


Architectural Review, July 1981

Architectural Record, March 1981

AIA Journal, May 1981

For pictures of Thorncrown Chapel while under construction and detailed drawings:

The Fay Jones Collection Thorncrown Gallery

For information about Fay Jones and Thorncrown Chapel:

Fay Jones Collection at the Arkansas Architectural Archives

Students who need additional drawings of Thorncrown Chapel for models and other projects may contact the Arkansas Architectural Archives at the University of Arkansas through the web pages above.

Sara Jacobovici 7/11/2016 · #14

#7 I've been told @CityVP Manjit that "intense" is my favorite word and "it's all connected" is my favorite expression.

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CityVP 🐝 Manjit 6/11/2016 · #13

#11 There is another discipline that is akin to "school by doing" which is "action learning" - the important thing here is that doing is not a past tense, it is in the here and now, and Claire Cardwell can engage this right here or anywhere.

For sure getting to know how the Lloyds translated this to architecture is something you won't know unless we engaged in that school, but even me just discovering this as a reality has somewhat imperceptibly changed me. It is the appreciation of this awareness that matters.

Whether it is this discovery I had today about Taliesen philosophy courtesy of your buzz or visiting those who think about "action learning" - the actual reality of this discovery is that both you and I can then operating in the school which we to belong even when it is a self-created school of our own online learning journeys.

This is why I especially really loved the affinity that I dug out of your buzz because it is kindred with how I personally want to relate to the WWW a.k.a. and so I frame it as a "learning journey".

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Claire 🐝 Cardwell 6/11/2016 · #12

Thanks for the share @David B. Grinberg!

Claire 🐝 Cardwell 6/11/2016 · #11

#7 Thanks for the links @CityVP Manjit - very interesting reading - I am particularly intrigued by the 'school by doing' approach taken by Frank Lloyd Wright and his aunts. I would have loved to have gone to a school that followed the Taliesen philosophy.

Claire 🐝 Cardwell 6/11/2016 · #10

#9 Thanks @CityVP Manjit - I am glad you enjoyed it! It is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever come across and it must be an amazing place to meditate by. The history, synchronicity and respect for the forest really resonated with me too.

CityVP 🐝 Manjit 6/11/2016 · #9

What was personally relevant to me in this buzz was that I encountered the intellect of E.Fay Jones which informs my yellow hive, it contained the emergent and design aspects of architecture which informs my violet hive and it told the story of an educational institution for the Lloyd-Wright's vision of an architectural fellowship which informs my gray hive. When it comes to my own learning journey this buzz actually contained far more elements than simply directly appreciating the design thinking of the Thorncrown Chapel. Thank You for this buzz.

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Lada 🏡 Prkic 6/11/2016 · #8

Wonderful! I am also amazed by the fact that no structural element was heavier than two men could carry through the woods. Repeating patterns are stunning.

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CityVP 🐝 Manjit 6/11/2016 · #7

Did not about Fay Jones. The one thing obituaries create is a doorway into a life, so I first accessed the NY Times page for his obit There I also learned about so again something new for me but now I see the connection even more with Lloyd-Wright as an educator. That in itself is worth buzzing to my Gray HIve noting here that my hives are for my own learning journey, rather than a singular interest in the field of architecture. An obit of an accomplished person describes the key moments of a life and a person's work, .In Fay Jones it's describes a "chance encounter with Lloyd-Wright". Again another evidence point what @Sara Jacobovici and Reena Saxena on LinkedIn have been talking about regards the subject of synchronicity. I also note Olgivanna Lloyd Wright's contribution in enlightening Frank Lloyd Wright towards this vision that I learned today was Taliesian. What we attribute to greatness is a web of relationships that I am beginning more and more to recognize in my own learning journey.

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