Alternative Possibilities For FRIENDS MEETING FOR WORSHIP Sustainable Futures 2002 Participants: Friends Meeting Jean Stuckey, Alberto Quindon, Lu cky Quindon and participants in Friends Meeting workshop May 12, 2002 Designer: Eric Kuhlman Faculty: Lynda Schneekloth and Robert Shibley August 4, 2002
Alternative Possibilities For FRIENDS MEETING FOR WORSHIP Background: Worship, School and Community Sustainable Futures was asked to prepare alternativ e approaches to the modification of meeting for worship space. The goals of the work a re to describe further ways to support the worship environment while concurrently supporti ng both school and community functions. Existing Conditions Concerns expressed about the existing meeting for w orship space related to the functions of worship, school and/ or community. Specific con cerns include the need for more space, better light, view, and ventilation, improve d acoustics, and enhanced safety as well as flexibility. SPACE -There is not enough space to accommodate all the intended uses. The current 90 sq meters is insufficient for big religious even ts, educational assemblies and performances of all kinds from plays to lectures an d educational films, or for well attended community events like coffee houses, teas, pie socials, folk and square dancing and the like. The current facilities also lack eas y access to support spaces Â“back stageÂ” as well as storage for the full range of functions. LIGHT, VIEW AND VENTILATION -Friends report that the lighting and ventilatio n are insufficient to support the full range of funct ions. Access to daylight, view, and cross ventilation has been curtailed with construction mo difications over the years. SAFTEY AND FLEXIBILITY -Ease of emergency egress is a concerned express ed in the facility when it is fully loaded with audience. Related to this is the ease of arrangement (furniture stage elements, recreational facilities, lighting, etc.) to accommodate large numbers of participants in a vari ety of activities. ACOUSTICS Â– The low ceiling relative to the volume of space and the hard surfaces make it difficult to hear when there are large grou ps assembled.
PROPOSALS All of the alternative proposals strive to accomplish efficiency, simplicity, and a spiritual environment supporting the worship experience. Efficiency requires . . . . . . flexibility to accommodate the full range of worship, educational and community functions. . . . reuse of all materials possible from the exis ting meeting for worship space . . . improved acoustics, lighting, ventilation, fl exibility, and views Simplicity requires . . . . . . retaining a simple and unpretentious architec ture . . . minimal clutter . . . maximum use of day lighting without glare Spiritual Environment requires . . . . . . expressing the warmth of wood construction . . . retaining intimate quality in scale of space and simplicity of geometry . . . retaining and enhancing further the Â“windows to the woods.Â” . . . more than just the reuse of existing meeting for worship materials, but actually employing them in a way that recalls their history Enlarge Existing Courtyard Fox-Maple Sq. Meters Existing Alt. #1 Alt.#2 Alt.#3 Worship Area 62110 74 132 Stage/ Overflow 28 54 40 30 Storage 7.5 30 19 24 Quiet Outdoor 0 44 119 48 Total Indoor 97.5 194 133 186 Total All 97.5238252234 *Cost Est. (indoor) $76,600 $53,200 $74,400 *costs estimated at $400/ sq meter not accounting f or savings from any volunteer labor, for material savings from reuse of existing materia ls, or for added costs of outdoor plaza areas
Recommendations to consider as the discussion proce eds on the Friends Campus. 1. Consider the potential for facilities sharing e specially related to community and some school programming. How many assembly areas for pe rformance, dance, or social events does the area require and what are the poten tials for sharing in order to reduce construction requirements for every one. The progr ams of the schools, and the MVI should be thought about in terms of where such shar ing and coordinated scheduling would be good for everyone. If school and communit y programs can be better met through facilities sharing a more modest size meeti ng hall could be designed reducing capital costs accordingly. 2. Consider the potential for water conservation an d treatment on site as part of the educational program for the School as well as a mod el for future construction in the zone.
Alternative #1 Enlarge the Existing Meeting for Worship Space This proposal increases the existing meeting for wo rship space from its current 97.5 sq. meters to 194 square meters. It expresses the shap e and proportions of the existing space while adding new area to the north and east. It als o elevates the roof for better light, air and acoustics. This alternative allows for connect ion to Â“back stageÂ” area to the west. Finally, this alternative provides for an outdoor q uiet space extension to meeting for worship that is sheltered by a new windbreak and th e existing forest patch. This area is also connected to the new classroom building to the south.
Alternative #2 Â– Interior Court In this plan the meeting for worship is moved to th e immediate east and enlarged, creating a quite courtyard entrance open to the for est. The plan repeats the basic proportions and organization of the original space while accommodating new functional uses and connections. Backstage areas are provided through connections to the new classroom buildings to the south of the proposed ne w space and through the patio to the west of the stage area. New storage is integrated with the courtyard design.
Alternative #3 Â– Meeting for Worship Reuse as Kinder Space/ Build New Meeting for Worship. In this plan the kinder are relocated to the existi ng meeting for worship space and a new and larger meeting for worship is constructed north of the existing kinder space. The relocation of the kinder space preserves the memory of the now historic meeting for worship space while allowing improved space for kin der and classroom consolidation on the campus. The new meeting for worship allows for worship at a Â“modest removeÂ” from the hub-bub of classrooms. The structure could be based on the Fox-Maple approach to timber framing with an interior layout similar to A lternative #2. It would also be possible to use the basic design of the Alternative #2 on th is alternative site.
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Posibilidades alternativas para el Friends Meeting for Worship
Alternative Possibilities for Friends Meeting for Worship
Proposals, based upon scenario plannning, for alternative approaches to modifying the meeting space for worship and school and community functions.
Propuestas, basadas sobre el planeamiento del escenario, para acercamientos alternativos para modificar el espacio del meeting para adoracin y funciones de la escuela y comunidad.
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