Various Projects Back
This unbuilt project was designed for a competition for a facility that would replace an existing barn. The client provided a program including space requirements and asked that we preserve the existing trees while creating a green / sustainable building.
We envisioned a passive solar building with supplemental radiant heat. It features a green roof over the bermed clinic wing and a butterfly roof sheltering the office / education area to capture rain water which is then shunted via an aqueduct to a cistern within one of the existing silos. The aqueduct is supported by a pergola above a pedestrian path linking the facility with the observation deck at the top of the second silo. The pergola also supports a photovoltaic array.
The education areas adjoin an indoor/ outdoor enclosure for raptors and other species.
The design features an optional engineered wetland wastewater treatment system and overflow parking areas of perforated pavers to avoid excessive run- off. The design also minimizes environmental impact both now and in the future.
The Interfaith Airport Chapel, open to all faiths, is designed to provide airport patrons a place for devotion and prayer while traveling.
Beyond the symbols of specific faith traditions, how the architecture addresses material and texture, natural and artificial lighting, color and acoustics are profoundly important for a place to touch the soul, to inspire and to console. Especially in this case, where religious images may need to be restricted, understanding the aesthetics of inspirational spaces is crucial. The design of the architecture itself conveys the presence of the divine.