A 150-seat nondenominational chapel for the Babson College community is located at the edge of the campus center quadrangle in the heart of the college campus. Defined by two walls of glass and two opposing walls of wood paneling, the chapel looks out and opens onto a secluded garden and woods, including nature as a central theme in the religious experience. This is further reinforced by the hull-shaped ceiling form, the wind-blown sculpture tower, and the inlaid vegetal ornamentation of the altar and doors. (Alan Joslin, as a Principal-in-Charge of Design with William Rawn Associates, Architects)



There is a seamless transition from the exterior to the interior… complemented by an extraordinary level of craftsmanship …This work is beautifully done.
— Jurors’ Comments, 2002 BSA/IIDA/ASID Interior Design Awards Program

Project Data

STATUS: Completed 1998

SIZE: 5,100 sf

COST: $2.1 million

Project Credits

OWNER: Babson College, Wellesley, MA

CONTRACTOR: Erland Construction

ARCHITECT: William Rawn Associates, Architects

Principal-in-Charge of Design: Alan Joslin

IMAGE COPYRIGHT: Steve Rosenthal

Honors and Awards

2003 Higher Education Facilities Design Award, Boston Society of Architects

2002 Honor Award for Design Excellence, BSA/IIDA/ASID Interior Architecture/Interior Design Awards Program

2001 Design Award, Boston Society of Architects

2001 Honor Award in Architecture, New England Chapter, AIA

2001 Religious Art and Architecture Design Award, Faith & Form Magazine

1998 Commercial/Institutional/Industrial Excellence Award, Associated Builders and Contractors