University of Colorado Hospital | CeDAR Spiritual and Family Center

  • $1.6M
  • 3,300 SF
  • 2009

The Spiritual and Family Center comprises a small Chapel linked to a Guidance/Counseling component located within the southeast quadrant of the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) campus at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The Center has been designed to harmonize with the lodge like character of the adjacent campus buildings which include stone and wood as the primary palette of materials. Yet, the Center has also been shaped to establish its own individuality, to recognize that spiritual focus is at the core of the recovery process. This affords the Spiritual Center a symbolic role and appropriate distinction with the Campus context.

The origin of the Chapel’s design style is based on the client’s desire for a very steeply pitched gable roof to achieve a contrast to the other campus buildings and to assert a traditional sacred typology in terms of form. The client also requested that the side widows have arched openings to support the traditional building language. Stone walls with limestone trim project a quality of strength and permanence in the overall composition.

The interior of the Chapel accommodates up to 40 people with loose seating for maximum flexibility of varying group size and program. The scale and manner of the interior volume supports an atmosphere of personal reflectance and introspection.

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We are a 50-person architectural firm located in Denver, Colorado. For over 40 years we have provided a full range of services including the planning, programming, and design of buildings for colleges, universities, schools, libraries, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing. We have twice been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award “a distinguished body of work” and numerous local, regional and national design awards.

We believe architecture has the power to heighten human well-being and illuminate our cultural values. We are driven by a standard of excellence which provides the highest level of ethics and professionalism to our clients. We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our lives and we constantly strive to create buildings of architectural significance and responsibility.

Our work is developed within a collaborative atmosphere which cultivates research, analysis, and deliberation into judicious decision-making at all levels. Vigorous exploration of client goals is coupled with a detailed examination of their functional needs. This understanding is artfully transformed into three-dimensional space which inspires the daily life within the building. Physical patterns and the cultural fabric of each place are carefully studied to appropriately respond to each site’s unique physical and social context. Materials and systems are selected which respect and sustain our planet and the thoughtful expression of building craft and technology are economically integrated to bring the defining statement of character and identity for each of our clients.

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