Architectural studios Brooks + Scarpa & KZF Design
have unveiled the plans they presented in the competition on invitation to design an Interfaith Chapel for the University of North Florida.
The architects were asked to design a place of meditation
that takes into account the value of the natural environment, the lake and the woods in which it is built.
The architects of Brooks + Scarpa and KZF Design
use the Pole Star, a natural element and a symbol people have always looked to for guidance, as their reference in a project that attempts to establish direct visual contact with the cosmic symbol. Sustainability plays a key role, and the architects adopt active and passive measures to guarantee the building?s energy efficiency.
The shape of the chapel is a reference to the folds of ceremonial gowns
(togas, bridal gowns), striving upwards towards infinity. There are a number of windows in strategic positions in the volume offering panoramic views over the natural landscape
, framing the Pole Star
and lighting up the building?s interior on the occasion of particular cosmic events, such as windows aligned with the winter and summer solstices.
: Brooks + Scarpa & KZF Design
: Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa
: Florida, USA