A key aspect of the project was establishing a plan which would keep visitors physically and visually separate as they arrive and leave the site. Central to this was the arrangement of the public and private areas and the split between the functional and the necessarily more evocative and contemplative spaces.
From the outset the nature of the site, with the panoramic views to the west, and the hierarchy of the spaces suggested that the chapel should be the most significant area of the building. Having developed the site plan and the levels we were able to develop the plan to exploit the unspoilt views down the site to the west and create this space as the primary focus.
To maximise the use of natural daylight throughout the building we separated the primary and secondary spaces to create internal courtyards. These courtyards were developed not only to allow natural light to penetrate deep into the plan but also to provide mediating spaces between the large framed formal views in the chapel and the more intimate contemplation spaces.