won dharma center
chapel of the light
community of the holy spirit
project: Community of the Holy Spirit
location: Manhattan, NY
contact: hMa hanrahanMeyers architects
CHS (Community of the Holy Spirit) is a design proposal submitted by hMa to the Community of the Holy Spirit church, a convent established in 1950 on the upper west side of Manhattan on 113th Street. The sisters of CHS were looking to build a new green facility out of their respect for the earth and love of nature.
Imagining the Project:
- 150th Street is the main connector between Amsterdam and Broadway, and, for this reason, a good location for the building entrance, facing North.
- Convent Avenue is a quiet, tree-lined street with good orientation for a garden, ‘side’ of building, and East facing.
Preliminary square footage analysis:
- Zoning with an FAR of 3.7 allows 11,300 square feet of usable floor area on the site with
a 3700 square foot basement. As a corner site does not require a rear yard, hMa put the
garden in the center of the block, to maximize access to light and air, to achieve LEED
hMa preliminary Design Approach:
- Create two building blocks with individual room on North or South side of garden court.
building diagram sketch
building from northeast
building from southeast
plans: all floors
view of garden court from Convent Avenue at night
view of entrance to chapel
chapel interior looking at altar
ichapel interior looking at garden court and refectory
view from refectory toward garden court and chapel
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