We are in the process of designing the ARC Prospect Center in Northern California in a region where the outskirts of civilization meet countryside. The center will have a delightful unification of as an art gallery, a cultural gathering, and a house of worship. It will embrace all of these with an open-ended program and much more.
The 9,000 square-foot gallery/museum, with transcendent interior design, will offer a space for meditation, observation of art and nature, and other events. It will come under the same wing of the two offices and research institute. The building will be surrounded by many acres of beautiful gardens.
In addition, a 900 square-foot temple, the place with a sacred approach will create a new, invigorating atmosphere for spiritual healing, education, deep thinking, and meditation. It will take influence from early Christians and Oriental monastic asceticism that upholds beauty and simplicity.
Every aspect of the Center aims to inspire peace, deep thinking, and meditation in its visitors.
By setting itself apart from city life, the Center will act as a getaway from the vain and hectic life of the world and serve as a spiritual refuge. To invite and maintain this spirit, the Center will hold dialogues and lectures, art exhibitions, concerts of ancient music, and many other events.
The place shall speak to the soul. The bare essence of structure, garden, and the interior atmosphere are also meant to facilitate quiet contemplation, remembrance, and most of all, the ethereal beauty of silence.
Our design orients upwards, beyond the physical structure. It shall be mystical and poetic and this means that the structure will lose some of its physicality, even if that physical presence is striking in its own right. Water and light will be used as fundamental elements, as powerful symbols and metaphors for teaching, as it is for the idea of purification and enlightenment used in Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity.
The place of contemplation equally values nature, spirituality, and art with the challenge to design an expression of an organic and sacred atmosphere.