CHAPEL IN THE WOODS

Ames, Iowa - Inis Grove Park

Assignment: Design a meditative/reflective space in a wooded park. The site sits atop a cliff overlooking the Skunk River hidden by trees in the distance. Maintain simple shapes throughout. Typical usage hovers around 1-4 persons at a time, but must seat 25 with at least 10 standing.

Approach: Upon entering the chapel, the trail will lead one under a canopy of trees, using nature to create human scale. Once the visitor has entered the chapel, there will be an apparent feeling of opening up to nature. This open feeling creates a “breath of fresh air” following the canopy of trees along the path. Distinct separation of the public and private spaces articulates an uninterrupted, special experience within the worship/meditative space.