It is our vision for 24 Farnsworth Street, the UUA’s new headquarters, that its design embody certain core values: sustainability, connectedness, inclusion, and hospitality. We are now beginning to discuss specific design elements for the new building, and I wanted to share with you some of the ideas for one small part of it: our lobby. In order to embody the radical hospitality at the center of our faith, the lobby will be accessible to everyone regardless of mobility. We envision a space from which we can reach out in love and support to a wider UU community.
Jean Carroon, our principal architect from Goody Clancy, describes it this way: “We envision for the first time that the UUA will have a large welcoming lobby that is just for the UUA, and separate from the building lobby. And within that large space there’s an opportunity for electronic displays that are very interactive, there’s an opportunity for more display of books and memorabilia, there’s an opportunity for different kinds of storytelling. The lobby also has the potential for groups to gather before they start tours, before they have events. We see that space and the space above, which is a stair that goes directly up to where the new chapel will be, as having a tremendous potential for receptions, for gatherings, for events that are part of the community of the UUA.”
The welcoming lobby is just the beginning! Many of our new spaces will provide opportunities to tell our story and engage with all of you in a deeper and more meaningful way. Jean Carroon will be guiding many of these design decisions, so I’d like to introduce her to you. In this brief video, she describes some of her thoughts on the new UUA headquarters. She’ll also be sharing more of her thoughts and ideas with you as we go through this transition. Welcome, Jean!
Jean and her team have begun to create design ideas and sample drawings for the new building. If you’d like to check them out, please visit our Join the Move blog! These are preliminary drawings only, and most likely will not reflect the finished product, but they are an introduction to some of the possibilities of our new home.
There are some very exciting conversations happening right now between our design team and the architects, and I will let you know as we learn more about the shape of our new space. Thank you for joining us on this journey.
Rev. Peter Morales