Memphis, Tennessee, USA
One of the nation’s largest faith-based hospital systems was adding a new tower amidst a variety of aged buildings in an urban, land-locked environment.
The Garden Chapel Pavillion won the 2020 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
The campus has virtually no outdoor respite amenities and only a tiny, windowless space for reflection and prayer for its almost 10,000 associates, caregivers, and ambulatory patients. The hospital had scheduled a 1970’s concrete cooling tower for costly demolition and removal.
The architect suggested re-purposing this once nationally-heralded engineering achievement into a work of architecture—a chapel pavilion. A massive amount of embodied carbon exists in the well-crafted Brutalist concrete structure.
Its oversized cylindrical openings naturally lend themselves to the needed program of spiritual connection between the user and the open sky above.
The project reveals an architectural solution while also making a statement about respecting and re-purposing the nation’s aging infrastructure.
Project: Garden Chapel Pavilion
Client: Methodist Healthcare Foundation
General Contractor: Turner Construction