Children's Mercy Hospital, Lisa Barth Interfaith Chapel and Garden
Kansas City, MO | 2013
The Barth Chapel infuses elements of nature and art throughout to create a contemplative space of reassurance, hope, and tranquility.
Visitors enter the chapel by following a gently curving corridor, its floor embedded with abstracted natural elements. They pass a series of art installations representing the cycle of seasons and the natural landscape, with their rich detail revealed on approach. A cast glass piece just inside the chapel’s doors draws eyes upward on arrival.
A screen designed by noted metal artist Michelle Oka Doner defines the chapel, creating a meditative space that conveys a sense of light filtered through a canopy of leaves. An east-facing prayer space draws light through a window screened with patterns of dogwood blossoms. Illuminated glass orbs hanging in front of the screen create a sense of fireflies, and the glass wall behind it blurs the boundary of the 5200 sf chapel’s interior space and the garden beyond. The 2000 sf garden’s nested seating areas create a sense of refuge buffered by greenery.
Adjoining the chapel is a unique end of life suite, a generous series of spaces to support young patients and their families away from the rush of the clinical spaces above.
Shepley Bulfinch TeamAnne Garrity