Alright, after our look at the exterior it’s time to head inside!
What’s immediately cool is that the inside speaks the same language as the outside, both in brick and in the sculptural concrete, with the addition of wood, and all embellished with the restrained but lovely arts & crafts-like detailing.
Plus some art on the windows…
…and this very cool light fixture that’s fully incorporated into the equally nice ceiling.
While basement multifaith chapel was redone more recently, its intimate wood vaults continue the tradition. Check out the ribs as well as the base of the vaults, with sculptural layers, joints, and more to subtly ornament the structure and the space. Plus the integrated light fixtures along the base that allow the vaults to glow and separate themselves from the walls all around.
Though now used less often for this purpose, this thesis defense room might be a bit intimidating… fortunately that glowing inverted dome of spiral pattern goodness might provide some levity.
The pièce de resistance is the dining hall. Even coming up the stairs you know something cool is happening. The space expands dramatically above you with the hall awaiting through a sculptural portal.
Once inside you’re treated to all its expansive and illuminated glory where all we’ve seen so far comes together in brick, concrete, and wood all within a multitude of sculptural forms and carved detailing. Inspiring enough that it was featured in Star Trek: Discovery season 4 episode 4!
Such a gem of a building. Engaging and welcoming, warmly crafted and articulated, and has a great spatial sense throughout. A definite boon for those in residence… I know I would’ve loved living there while I was in university. Great stuff!
Massey College by Ronald Thom