The Architecture of the Sanctuary Building
Architecture creates meaning and symbolism in buildings.
The sloping heavy marble walls of the Visioning Spaces sanctuary create a solid, grounded connection to the earth.
The light, translucent glass tower in contrast, ‘reaches up’ to the sky.
Both are united in the architecture of the sanctuary, bringing balance and signifying being at peace.
The sanctuary’s 7 sided design reflects the number 7, appearing in natural phenomena, many spiritual concepts and religious teachings.
The Arched Windows
The arched windows are shaped like a rainbow. Each window’s stained glass is inspired by a different rainbow colour. The stained glass features dichroic glass, which changes colour as one moves around, and fascinates the eye, especially when up close.
Being able to see the outside world through the stained glass art windows is a significant part of the design. It connects our experience in the sanctuary with our daily life.
The shallow pool with babbling water in the centre of the sanctuary is surrounded by a low wall at seat height. A mosaic mandala enriches the base of the pool.
The pool adds to the peaceful and alive atmosphere.
This design is by Robert Mertens of Badger, California (www.meternsart.com).
“The architecture of the sanctuary building invites to rest, ponder, play and indeed create.
It is a safe space that invokes freedom.”