Installation

Placed next to North Christian Church, Synergia’s ephemeral quality of light acts in conjunction with the spatial movements of compression and expansion, creating a place that fosters peace and reflection. Synergia embodies the reality of life, community, and harmony through simple parts working together to create a complex and light-filled space.

Instructors

Jiangmei Wu and Andres Tovar

Students

Aaron Berndt, Ryan Comer, Amy Cunningham, Shweta Daule, Marguerite Fisher-Heath, Siqiao Gao, Hannah Holloway, Kylie Knipscheer, Guanyao Li, Tristin Moore, Anna Mui, Ariana Nunes, Shantanu Sabade, Ashutosh Salunke, Kordula Schild, Pratik Shelke, Michelle Smith, Emma Walsh, Ye Wang, Claire Wiland, Zhanhua Ya, Simin Yu, and Lu Zhang

Material Fabrication

Laser cut corrugated plastic cut into hendecahedrons

Site

North Christian Church, 1964
Eero Saarinen
850 Tipton Lane

Saarinen’s North Christian Church is a breathtaking building that shows the architect at his most mature. Its abstract hexagonal plan is more abstract than and visually distinct from the rectilinear gestures of First Christian Church and Eero’s Irwin Union Bank and Trust. Viewed from the outside, the building literally mediates between earth and sky, between the Congregation and God. The flat cornfields bordering on Tipton Lane reveal a building that, at first glance, appears to be rising from the ground…North Christian Church’s form features an interplay of receding and extruding angles that eventually meld into the angled rooflines that lead into the building’s iconic spire.