Latitude/Longitude: 29.9627, -90.145
As part of Ochsner’s “community of care” philosophy, this small interdenominational Kate and Laurance Eustis Chapel serves the contemplative and spiritual needs of patients, families, and staff. Working collaboratively with a focus group of Ochsner staff and local artisans, the design team created a space to allow for flexible, non-permanent placement of specific religious iconography by introducing more universal themes of healing and reconciliation to engage visitors with the spiritual. Water is introduced in a manner that alludes to its healing, life-giving properties. Light, scale, proportion, and material treatments also serve to engage visitors with memories of the sacred. Three distinct spaces serve the programmatic needs of the project: the chapel, enveloped by a woven wood ceiling, provides seating for small groups, while two adjacent rooms are available for more intimate or private meditation.
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⇒ Architecture Guide to NEW ORLEANS-LOUISIANA