completed in 1963, the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel was designed by Walter Netsch of SOM in Chicago.
seventeen aluminum, steel and glass spires, reminiscent of fighter jet double delta wings are also a series of flying buttresses, linking this strikingly modern sanctuary to the history of western christian spaces.
The stained glass panels highlight the structural ‘ribs’ of the building, a geometry both simple and complex, and surely Netsch’s finest work.
The building is set upon a granite and concrete plinth with Colorado Springs’ Rocky Mountain foothills in the background, making is strangely scale-less and slightly otherworldly.
photos by Mark Gerwing