Chapel In The Pines: Shaw Design Gets Phase Two Underway

Keith Shaw, AIA
Keith Shaw, AIA

Chapel Hill-based architectural firm Shaw Design Associates is now preparing schematics for Phase Two of the building project at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, which will add a new 3191-square-foot Fellowship Hall and set the stage for a new entry courtyard to the church campus on Great Ridge Parkway just south of Chapel Hill.

“I’m very pleased that the building committee is proceeding with Phase Two so the initial design concept can be fulfilled,” said Keith Shaw, AIA. “It has always been the intention for the buildings on this campus to be a sermon on their own by providing an inviting, embracing, and reverent place to worship and fellowship.”

When Shaw began working with the building committee in 2010, the group established a philosophical statement that provided the framework for his design decisions: “Chapel in the Pines reflects God’s majesty by being in harmony with its surroundings, welcoming to its community, and aesthetically original.”

Main, sanctuary building completed in 2011.
Main, sanctuary building completed in 2011.

To incorporate that statement into the architecture for the 5201-square-foot sanctuary and 3191-square-foot Education Wing to its right that he completed in 2011, Shaw specified pine timber framing — cut from trees that are grown in managed timber land in North Carolina and prepared in Virginia – in deference to the pine forest surrounding the chapel. He also plans to use pine timber for the Fellowship Hall.

“The simple forms and textures of the pine timbers reflect the natural surroundings and create a warm and inviting place to worship,” he said.

As with the first two structures, views to the forest are a key element of the design. Tall windows will allow natural light to fill the interior, reducing the use of electric light. As it is in the sanctuary, indirect lighting will be used to reduce glare and illuminate natural timber beams above.

To make the church as welcoming to its community as the committee’s statement suggests, Shaw designed each structure to human scale, rather than the grand, formal scale of many liturgical structures. However, the open timber roof construction accentuates the vertical lines characteristic of houses of worship, helping to lead the eye and spirit upward. The wood trusses, along with window detailing, recall the outstretched tree branches of the surrounding forest. The tall pine posts and beams supporting the gabled roof at the entrance portico suggest tree limbs reaching towards the sky.

When the courtyard is completed, its low stonewall will “reach out and embrace visitors and symbolize both the affection and protection awaiting them inside the Chapel in the Pines.” Shaw said. “It will also provide an exterior ‘room’ to prepare for worship.”

Shaw expects Phase Two to begin construction in the summer of 2016.

For more information on Chapel in the Pines, visit http://citppc.org.

For more information Shaw Design Associates, visit http://shawdesign.us.

About Shaw Design Associates: Founded by Keith Shaw, AIA, in 1995, Shaw Design Associates, P.A. is a recognized leader in providing innovative architectural solutions for all project types – solutions based on time-tested, enduring standards and plan elements that are vital to design integrity. The firm adheres to these design truths by focusing on the land, the light, and the patterns of interaction between the owner, the structure, and the environment. Shaw Design Associates is located at 180 Providence Road, #8, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. For more information, visit shawdesign.us or call 919.493.0528.

Frank Harmon Architect Wins Faith & Form Design Award for Modern, Green Church Addition in Charleston

Courtyard elevation at dusk © Richard Leo Johnson

January 5, 2011 (RALEIGH, NC) – The “green” Sunday school addition at the Circular Congregational Church in downtown Charleston has received its third design award, the most recent from Faith & Form Magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA). The building was designed by Frank Harmon Architect PA of Raleigh, NC, and completed in 2009.

 

Carefully sited on an isolated section of the churchyard to lessen its intrusion on a historic cemetery there, the two-story, 3000-square-foot building includes low-tech eco-friendly elements as well as state-of-the-art technology. It features Charleston’s first vegetated roof, a geothermal heating and cooling system, a rainwater collection cistern for landscape use, the use of recycled building materials wherever possible. The building’s siting, shallow depth, operable windows, and porches also echo vernacular methods for bringing natural light and cross-ventilation into the building.

 

“The Building Committee asked us to design the most sustainable, 21st century Sunday school addition possible in the city, with the smallest possible footprint to respect and complement the beauty of the historic grounds,” said Frank Harmon, FAIA, founder and principal of Frank Harmon Architect PA and Professor In Practice at North Carolina State University’s College of Design in Raleigh.

 

“This is our generation’s contribution and a lasting testament to being sensitive to the church, the city, and the earth,” said Dr. Stephen Cofer-Shabica, chairman of the building committee task force.

 

Covered porches serve as exterior hallways. © Richard Leo Johnson

The addition has received Honor Awards from the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NC) and AIA Triangle, a section of AIA NC. The Building Committee also received the Historic Charleston Foundation’s Founders Award for the church’s addition.

 

According to the Faith & Form awards jury, the best liturgical architecture projects of the nearly 200 submitted “maintained a remarkable consistency throughout – from building exteriors, interiors, and furnishings, to the landscape.” All 2010 winners can be seen at www.faithandform.com/awards/2010winners.

 

Faith & Form is the AIA’s quarterly interfaith journal on religion, art and architecture. The annual design awards program is co-sponsored by Faith & Form and the (IFRAA), a Knowledge Community of the AIA. The awards program was founded in 1978 to honor the best in architecture, liturgical design, and art for religious spaces. For more information on the IFRAA/Faith & Form awards, go to www.faithnform.com.

 

For more information on Frank Harmon Architect PA, visit www.frankharmon.com.

 

About Frank Harmon Architect PA:

 

Frank Harmon Architect PA, a multi-award-winning firm headquartered in downtown Raleigh, is recognized nationally as a leader in innovative, modern, and regionally inspired “green” architecture. This year the firm was ranked 13th out of the top 50 firms in the nation by Architect magazine, an annual rating that emphasizes ecological commitment and design quality as much as profitability. Recent projects include Duke University’s Ocean Science Teaching Center in Beaufort, the NC Botanical Garden’s new Visitors Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Merchants Millpond Outdoor Educational building in Gatesville, N.C. The firm’s work has been featured in numerous books, magazines and journals on architecture, including Dwell, Architectural Record, Architect, and Residential Architect. For more information, go to www.frankharmon.com.

 

 

 

Studio A Shares Special Design Award for Charleston Church Addition

2010 Religious Art & Architecture Awards Announced

 

December 15, 2010 (CHARLESTON, SC) – The new “green” Sunday school

© Richard Leo Johnson

addition at the Circular Congregational Church on Market Street in downtown Charleston has received a design award in the “New Facilities” category from Faith & Form Magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA). The building was designed by Frank Harmon Architect PA of Raleigh, NC, with Whitney Powers, AIA, of Studio A in Charleston, serving as primary consultant and building committee chair.

 

Powers was responsible for bringing in Frank Harmon, FAIA, a leader among the nation’s “green” architects, to design the structure. It was completed in 2007.

 

According to Powers, founder and principal of Studio A, the addition to the oldest church in Charleston was sensitively sited on an isolated section of the churchyard to lessen its intrusion on the cemetery there.

 

A thoroughly eco-friendly, or “green,” structure, the two-story, 3000-square-foot building includes a vegetated roof, geothermal heating and cooling system, a rainwater collection cistern for landscape use, recycled building materials wherever possible, open-air porches, and window placement to maximize natural lighting and ventilation.

 

The Sunday school building has received Honor Awards from the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NC) and AIA Triangle, a section of AIA NC. The building’s vegetated roof  — Charleston’s first green roof – has been featured on Greenroofs.com.

 

Whitney Powers, AIA, Studio A, Inc.

Whitney Powers’ Building Committee also received the Historic Charleston Foundation’s Founders Award for the church’s addition.

 

According to the awards jury, the best liturgical architecture projects of the nearly 200 submitted “maintained a remarkable consistency throughout – from building exteriors, interiors, and furnishings, to the landscape.”

 

Faith & Form is the AIA’s quarterly interfaith journal on religion, art and architecture. The annual design awards program is co-sponsored by Faith & Form and the (IFRAA), a Knowledge Community of the AIA. The awards program was founded in 1978 to honor the best in architecture, liturgical design, and art for religious spaces. For more information on the IFRAA/Faith & Form awards, go to www.faithnform.com.

 

About Studio A, Inc.:

 

Founded in 1989 by Whitney Powers, AIA, Studio A, Inc. is an award-winning, full-service architecture firm located in downtown Charleston, SC. The firm proposes that the responsibility of architecture is to cultivate a language of form that promotes a sustainable culture and landscape, and that touches the emotions of delight, surprise and wonder. From cutting-edge contemporary architecture to the preservation and restoration of historic homes, structures and sites, Studio A is committed to an interactive relationship between the natural and built environments, conservation of energy and natural resources, and an appreciation for a “sense of place” where living, working and playing are connected with the specific idiosyncrasies of culture, climate and natural landscape where they take place. For more information visit www.studioa-architecture.com.