Brooks + Scarpa and KZF Design’s Interfaith Chapel

01-03-2013
Brooks + Scarpa and KZF Design have come up with the plans for the new Interfaith Chapel at the University of North Florida.

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.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Design: Brooks + Scarpa & KZF Design
Images: Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa
Location: Florida, USA

www.pugh-scarpa.com
www.kzf.com
www.unf.edu