Conceived as an elemental pavilion, the chapel’s design seeks to connect the celebrants to a dual past: a time when barns served as ancient churches and also to the later, more self-aware churches of the 15th century, whose manipulation of light served its mystical rites and themes.
The architects aimed for a theme of rustic nobility, using a warm, minimal palette.
The facade’s stucco walls are perforated with 8-inch slabs of glass and the floor of the chapel and courtyard is stained concrete.
The roof is made of pre-formed galvanized aluminum, often used on the sheds and barns of the region.
Awards & Publications:
2014 Faith and Form/IFREE International Awards Program for Religious Arts & Architecture; Honor in Religious Architecture
2014 Virginia Society AIA; Honor Award
2014 Interior Design Magazine; Best of Year Awards Honoree
2014 World Architects; “Building of the Week” Featured in “50×50 – 50 States in 50 Weeks”
2009 Washington Chapter AIA; Honor Award for Unbuilt Projects.