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Chapel of St Albert the Great
I found the chapel down a wee lane, just like going into someone’s garden. The building was quite simple and had a lot of respect for the garden it was located in. The columns echoed the trees with curving branch shapes holding up the curved roof.
The chapel was empty when I arrived. I entered and blessed myself. The light was hard and contrasting; but the sky was blue and cloudless.
There’s a sense of this space being an idyllic place of sanctuary within a busy city. There is little embellished decoration. Architecturally the chapel is very considerate of being close to nature: being open and using natural light to create a sense of calm and wellbeing. It’s a place for reflection and time out, achieved by a design that is simple and elegant. It doesn’t distract: it blends.
Edinburgh-Chapel of St Albert the Great Damian Shields 2014
Images © Scottish Civic Trust, shown courtesy of Damian Shields Client: Scottish Civic Trust