Community Life Center at Holy Apostles Parish

November 9th, 2009

Dedicated in 1994, Holy Apostles Church had already outgrown its facilities that support the social, educational, and administrative functions of the Parish. Because the church is the “heart” of the parish, L|L+B designed the new Community Life Center addition as a collection of simple forms that reduce the overall massing and defer to the church, but recognize the increasing campus-like quality of the site. The notion of the New England farmhouse-barn typology, apt inthis community with rural roots, informs the exterior relationship between the church and the recreation center.
It was imperative to locate the new spaces behind the existing church to minimize their impact. The detail of the chapel wing, as the most direct extension of the church, matches the church and is connected by a glass corridor through which the new prayer garden is visible.
The orientation of the classroom/office wing and the gymnasium parallel to the lot line reinforces the primacy of the church and maximizes the use of the narrow area behind the church. This orientation, in conjunction with the glass connector, allows the church to “breathe” on all sides and creates the opportunity for dynamic exterior architecture through which visitors can navigate.  

Carabiner’s Indoor Climbing

November 8th, 2009

Carabiner’s Indoor Climbing is designed from the ground up to be the world’s finest indoor climbing gym. The project is composed of a “box,” a pre-engineered metal building with 65’ climbing walls, and a “rock,” an organically shaped two-story building partially embedded in the larger building that houses the locker rooms, showers, pro and rental shop, and offices. Two mezzanines extending from the rock into the box allow multi-level climbing as well as a dramatic perch for spectators and the faint of heart. The gym opened in 2004, and is billed as the largest of its kind in the world.