Every day, our communications team writes about HOK projects around the globe. Although we’re very familiar with many of these designs, we know we’ll only be able to see a fraction of them in person.
HOK was founded in St. Louis, though, so I’ve seen a number of projects in the area. Gyo Obata designed the campus for my undergrad university in HOK’s early years. The firm designed my favorite museum, too. In St. Louis itself, I’m fortunate enough to see HOK-designed buildings – including the one I work in – nearly every day.
One of the projects on my “bucket list” of projects I’d like to see in person is another of the firm’s earliest commissions: the Priory Chapel, built in 1962 at a Benedictine abbey in Creve Coeur, Mo. I was out in West County over the weekend, so I decided to (finally) pay the chapel a visit. It was definitely worth the trip.
If you’re interested in seeing a piece of the chapel’s history, check out this documentary from 1964. The first 15 minutes includes an interview with the prior about the architecture of the building.
What are some architectural designs you would like to see in person?