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Client: Point Loma Nazarene University

Location: San Diego, CA, United States

Completion date: 2018

Project Team

Design Assist, Fabrication, Installation

Tecture

Tecture

Architect and Designer

Gordon Carrier

Carrier Johnson + Culture

Overview

Clean lines, natural materials, and reverential elements conjure the essence of the Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel as the spiritual and academic anchor for San Diego’s Point Loma Nazarene University campus.

In design collaboration with project architect Carrier Johnson + Culture, the Holy Trinity is evoked throughout the intimate chapel in the form of three’s, including three personal prayer niches partitioned by a trio of slatted wood screens which allow for privacy while filtering natural light in to each nook.

A 14’ reclaimed oak and stainless-steel cross stands at the heart of the space before a hickory and walnut alter. Just beyond, 38 individually hanging redwood and alder modules rise to blanket the tall, linear interior sanctuary suggesting a crown of thorns and the lifting of spirit. This too, allows for a soft natural light to filter into the space.

Goals

The goal for the project was to create an awe-inspiring yet intimate space. The sweeping arched ceiling envelops the space, creating a sense of warmth and contentment.