Eero Saarinen's design of the Concordia Seminary Campus is an architectural masterpiece by one the most important architects of the 20th Century.
The campus is impressive year-round.
However, it struck me that since Eero Saarinen's design is based on the concept of a Scandinavian village it may be at its most evocative in the snow of winter.
You can view the Concordia in winter album here. These photos were taken on Saturday during a snowshoe tour of this Saarinen masterwork.
A major exhibition honoring the life and work of Eero Saarinen will be on tour until 2010, the centenary of his birth. The exhibit is presently at the The Art Hall at Tullinløkka, Oslo, Norway, through March 17th. It will next be exhibited in Brussels.
However, the exhibition will makes its United States debut nearby in November. The Saarinen exhibition will be on display at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan from November 17, 2007 through March of 2008. Fort Wayne Observed recommends that you make plans to visit Cranbrook.
The Cranbrook campus was designed by his father, Eliel Saarinen.
At Concordia, built in the mid-1950s, Saarinen designed the campus to resemble the layout of an old-world style European village, with the academic halls and dormitories clustering Kramer Chapel, the symbolic and literal focus of campus.
Saarinen wrote that he grouped the buildings purposefully so as to “provide a quiet, unified environment into which the students could find a complete, balanced life and yet one which was related to the outside.
Soaring more than 100 feet high and featuring a stylized freestanding bell tower, the Kramer Chapel rises far above the other snug buildings on campus. Other buildings on campus also make use of triangles and other shapes to achieve a consistency of design.
The interior of these structures continues the clean angles and modern style of the exterior. Saarinen designed mezzanines for both the library and dining hall to create an open, loft-like partial second floor.
In 1959, Concordia received an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects for outstanding achievement.