THE LIVING CHURCH • September 23, 2012
Youhavementionedthatyoudrewinspirationforthe new chapel from barn design.
The trusses are field-ganged rot-proof stock dimen-sional lumber yellow pine, and thus have the raw andrough-hewn sensibility of a barn. The angled shroudsthatprotecttheinteriorsteelcolumnsfromtheweather arewroughtofthesamematerial.Justlikeabarn,therewill be some warping, checking and rough edges. Butalsolikeabarnthenewchapeliscomfortableinitsownskin, and engineered to weather well over the longterm.
What made the chapel design and constructionprocess different from your work for non-reli-gious clients?
Ihavedesignedabout500homesforprivateclientsover the last 30 years, but from the start at least 20 percentoftheworkofourfirmhasbeendedicatedto
or at-cost work for not-for-profits, so the budget con-straintspresented by this project were familiar. With a tight budget of $180,000,our single goal was toaccommodate the entiresleep-awaycamppopula-tion under one roof for worshipatthesametime.PaulTorcelliniofWaverlyConstruction,ScottErric-son of E2 engineers, andmy office spent the bet-ter part of a year in per-mitting, budgeting, and planning to make this process come together in the nick of time within thespecified budget. For me, the result was a vibrant andexpressive wood-wrought celebration of the site, thecamp, and of the Holy Spirit.
Whataboutotherfactorsindesignthatwouldseta chapel for campers apart from other buildingprojects?
My personal history of learning to canoe and campherealmost50yearsago,andhavingdesignedabouta dozen other projects at Incarnation over the last 25 years, as well as sitting on its board, created a host of interminglingimperatives.Itwasveryimportanttometo have specifications for this project that required“zero maintenance” for the staff of the center goingforward.Thismeansthestructurewillresisttheravagesofweather,rust,graffiti,andregularwearfromuse.ButIalsowantedtoconveyinbuiltformthedeepsenseof
‘If what I haveto offer leveragesa greater goodthen myindebtednesscreatesabundance.’
Grace in Built Form
An interview with Duo Dickinson, Architect
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