Thursday, July 12, 2012

St. Claude la Colombiere Jesuit Community Residence

The Jesuits of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus recently completed a breathtakingly modern new building on their northern Baltimore campus which marries the outdoors with the steel and concrete structure -- bringing nature and light into and throughout the 60,000 square-foot residence. This new residential community is designed to offer senior Jesuits assisted-living services while also enabling them to continue their ministries in and around Baltimore and throughout the Maryland province. The new St. Claude la Colombiere Jesuit Community Residence, designed by the architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, replaces the previous residence on the property which was built in 1961. Designed around a stone entry courtyard, the two-story chapel is the central design feature and the heart of this Jesuit community home. The facility provides rooms for the 38 members of the community along with a dining hall, commercial grade kitchen, living room, library, office and work space as well as recreational facilities. In the video piece, created by Halkin Photography, Jesuit Father William Rickle,superior for the Colombiere Jesuit community, and James Casciotti, socius for the Maryland province, discuss how the building ties in with the spiritual elements of Jesuit community life and, in turn, how the building fits into the landscape of the property.
Link (here) to Youtube

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