After many months of meetings and discussion with our architects at Semple Brown Design, we are excited to show these initial concept renderings of our new center at Columbine and Buchtel.
Many considerations factored into the design, including a desire to acknowledge our roots in Japanese Zen temple architecture while embracing a more modern form that will fit into the largely residential University neighborhood. Modest, warm and welcoming, this 7,000-square-foot building will comprise two stories on the western side, with a single-story, 1,500-square-foot zendo on the east. With Prairie Park immediately to the south, those windows will look out to a pleasant stretch of grassland, or to an enclosed Zen garden adjacent the zendo (loosely indicated by the small maple and boulder in the third image below).
Note that while these architectural renderings are placed in situ, they do not show landscaping, trees, or fences. They may also not show building materials or finishes, as these details have yet to be decided. With that said, we are happy to move forward with the contracting and budgeting phase of our building process, and hope to have your support as we begin fundraising in earnest.
This summer two of our teachers, Karin Ryuku Kempe and Peggy Metta Sheehan, will be leading public meditation at the Clyfford Still Museum. These free events will be led by our teachers on Sunday, May 14, from 8:45 – 10:00 a.m., and on Sunday, July 9, at the same time. Find out more at the Clyfford Still Museum’s website.
On Sunday, March 5, the sangha gathered to hear (and see) a presentation by our architects of two initial site plans for our proposed temple at Columbine and Buchtel. With vivid enthusiasm, members examined the plans and provided feedback on the relative strengths and weaknesses of each, along with possible improvements or alterations.
For some months now, the architecture and design committee has been meeting weekly with our architects from Semple Brown Design, considering and refining possible layouts. Now, with the approval of the sangha, we can move forward in selecting a single design and proceeding with the design process. We hope and expect that within a few months we will have detailed site plans and three-dimensional renderings, which we will then present to the city for approval.
Following the meeting, eight or nine members spontaneously drove to the Columbine property, to walk around and envision the building. With a palpable sense of wonder and excitement, we paced off measurements and stood at various vantages, seeing in our mind’s eyes the refuge that would grow there, like a great tree from a small seed.