Infinity Chapel
The Infinity Chapel for the Tenth Church of Christ, Scientists, features a cubic sanctuary deformed by light. The new sanctuary is a place where the sacred geometries of squares, golden section rectangles, and ‘spheres of light’ will surround worshippers. Three curving walls - one from the south, one from the north, and one from the east - suggest the large spheres. The forms evoke the shape of a ‘klein bottle’ or moebius strip, simple figures that suggest infinity by having no beginning and no end. In front of the sanctuary and facing the street are the combined lobby and Christian Science Reading Room, designed as an open, relaxed space for study and conversation. The façade toward MacDougal Street is floor to ceiling frameless glass, with large pieces of free-form ash floating in the window display areas. Below the ground level is the Sunday School and Boardroom, which have borrowed natural light entering from light monitors: rectangular light wells that project through the first floor. The ‘light monitors’ are integral connectors between the two levels of the program, and provide a formal connection between the various spaces. In the first floor Reading Room and in the Chapel, the monitors become part of the furniture, projecting up to become a coffee table, or display area for Christian Science literature. In the basement, the monitors introduce natural light and create ‘towers’ of light. The new Infinity Chapel is located on MacDougal Street, just north of Washington Square. The Chapel is 4,000 square feet, with a 3,000 square foot reading room, and a 7,000 square foot Sunday School below. Construction is expected to be complete by September 2009.

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