As the air cools and winter approaches, our construction team – led by Kirby Nagelhout Construction Co. – is closing in on completion of the New Home for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon in Bend. With the building fully dried in, the exterior siding starting to fly, and stone site walls underway, a more complete picture of how the building coalesces with the site is emerging.
Walking the building site with members of the client group and hearing their reaction to the voluminous spaces carved from the mass of the building – being there for their “ah-ha” moment – has been greatly rewarding. The ideas of movement through space, light reflecting on specific planes off particular materials; varying volumes of space and breaking down enclosure to bring the site in, and the activity of the building out – these were ideas sold to the client group throughout the design process that are difficult to fully grasp until you experience them firsthand.
When you do feel and experience them, however, it all makes sense. Not in a functionalist-based logic kind of way, but in a pure existential, experiential being kind of way. I assure you that the New Home will pass muster on the functionalist test as well, but the feeling it evokes is what will make this project live up to its name, “Home.”
Come February, please stop by and see it for yourself. The congregation is excited, welcoming, and would love to show you around their New Home.