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0Trinity School - Johnson Chapel

0The renovated Johnson Chapel is becoming the spiritual heart of this 300 year-old independent school. The 1,000 s.f. Chapel supports a variety of activities, including regular services, memorials, religion classes, and speakers from various religious traditions.

0Natural light is introduced by a light slot along the north wall, reflecting diffuse warm sunlight deep into the space. This light slot is mirrored on the floor with a bed of river rock and a gently bubbling stone fountain that lend texture, shadow, sound, and detail to the crisp white backdrop. The ceiling plane floats, disengaged from perimeter walls, and is lit indirectly, creating a cloud-like effect. The design reinforces this effect by keeping the surface unencumbered by light fixtures, access panels, diffusers, smoke detectors and other systems. The cloud is punctured by a large light cone which gathers light and spills it around the altar table.

0A displacement ventilation system introduces low-velocity conditioned air through the bed of river rock. Warm air is extracted via the reveal at the edge of the ceiling cloud, resulting in a healthy, efficient, and extremely quiet system with no visual access to diffusers or grilles.

0Doors, seating, lighting, hymnal slots, and a sound system are carefully integrated into a wide ribbon of maple woodwork that wraps two sides of the space. The spare material palette includes a walnut plank floor, white river rock and several blackened steel elements created by local artisan Kristina Kozak.

0Since its opening, the Johnson Chapel has found unplanned uses and is often visited by individuals seeking a moment of solace in their day. It is a sacred place of serenity, light and balance, where people of all traditions are welcome.


0BRB Architects is a full-service architectural firm, offering a complete range of professional expertise across the disciplines of planning, architectural design, and interior design. Founded in 1979, our practice has developed a portfolio of diverse project types: educational, cultural, recreational, residential and religious facilities. The Johnson Chapel at Trinity School was designed by the team of Bob Vuyosevich, LEED AP, AIA, Partner-in-Charge; Mark Maljanian, AIA, Associate Partner, Project Designer; and Joseph Zappulla, Associate, Project Architect.

Johnson Chapel (Woodruff Brown Photography)

Johnson Chapel (Woodruff Brown Photography)

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SPP Journal 57: Featured Project:Trinity School - Johnson Chapel


Ann Harris

3/1/04 8:00 AM

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