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José Oubrerie

The Chapel of the Mosquitoes

July 11–August 23, 2015

“Chapel of the Mosquitoes” is an original ‘T’ Space commissioned project.  This exhibition is currently touring the United States, and images from each venue can be seen below.

At the end of its tour, the project will culminate in a permanent installation on T2 Reserve.  Read more here.



Accompanying Events



October 26–November 6, 2015



February 3, 2016 to February 25, 2016

THE LANTERN | February 2, 2016

While the buildings are Oubrerie’s own work, they are inspired by Corbusier’s precepts. The main focus of the exhibit is the design for the Chapel of the Mosquitoes, which combines elements of the other two buildings in the exhibit: the French Cultural Center built in Damascus, Syria, in 1972, and The Miller House, a private home built in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1991.

Unlike the other two buildings, which have already been built, the Chapel of the Mosquitoes is still in the planning and funding stages.  It will be about 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide, and it will feature one of Corbusier’s core precepts: detached walls, with three separate but interconnected L-shaped pieces that connect the roof, floor and walls, according to Oubrerie.

Oubrerie got inspiration for the building by the pueblos he saw in New Mexico. The roof will be inverted so that water can go into the building through a channel and then be sent out.

Oubrerie doesn’t know when construction will begin, but both the Steven Myron Holl Foundation and Knowlton are organizing funds for the construction of the building. For now, students can go see the proposed design in the Banvard Gallery.


June 24, 2016 — August 15, 2016



Aug. 20 – Nov. 13, 2016


The Miller Gallery and the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and Associate Curator Spike Wolff jointly present “Architecture With And Without Le Corbusier” and “The Chapel of the Mosquitoes” in the gallery from Saturday, Aug. 20, through Sunday, Nov. 13, on CMU’s Pittsburgh campus.  A talk with José Oubrerie as part of the School of Architecture lecture series is scheduled from 5-6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, with a reception to follow from 6-8 p.m.

Oubrerie is professor emeritus at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. An internationally renowned French architect and protégé of Le Corbusier, he was the project architect for the Saint-Pierre de Firminy Church, seeing the final design through to completion in 2006. His other projects include the French Cultural Center in Syria, the Miller House in Kentucky and The Chapel of the Mosquitoes in New York.

“A self-described dilettante, but known to others as a master architect, José’s work embodies theoretical experimentation, dynamic spatiality and the poetic sublime,” said Wolff, who serves as special faculty for CMU’s School of Architecture. “His paintings are very important to him — as important as his architectural projects — and that makes his work appeal to such a diverse range of people.”

Exhibition Catalogue

José Oubrerie: The Chapel of the Mosquitoes


An exhibition catalog featuring José Oubrerie’s experimental architecture, The Chapel of the Mosquitoes, at ‘T’Space.


José Oubrerie (b. 1932, Nantes, France) is the artist and architect behind The Chapel of the Mosquitoes. After an early career in painting, Oubrerie studied architecture in Paris and went on to work in Le Corbusier’s office from 1957-1965. He collaborated with his mentor during the final years of his life, working on numerous projects such as the Brazil Pavilion, Hotel d’Orsay, the Strasbourg Convention Center, the Olivetti Offices and Factories in Milan, the Venice Hospital, the Zurichhorn Pavillion, and the Firminy Church. In 1970, Oubrerie became a registered architect and started his own office in Paris with several commissions: to establish the final project for the Firminy Church; to rebuild the Esprit Nouveau Pavilion in Bologna in collaboration with Giuliano Gresleri; to build a Computer and Research Center in Fontainebleau for the École des Mines de Paris; and to realize the French Cultural Center in Damascus, Syria. Later, while teaching in Lexington, Kentucky, he created with his wife Atelier Wylde-Oubrerie, to build the Miller House.

Oubrerie’s work has received numerous awards and has been published internationally. He has also taught in the Architecture School of Beaux-arts in Paris, The Cooper Union, Columbia GSAPP, CCNY School of Architecture, and Cornell University. Oubrerie recently released the book Architecture With and Without Le Corbusier, featuring the Miller House and the Firminy Church, which was completed by Oubrerie in 1996, and was listed by the 2010 World Architecture Survey as the second most important structure built in the 21st century. Oubrerie is currently the Professor Emeritus of Architecture in the Knowlton School.

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