Courage House Campus

Northern California
Courage House Northern California

To create an “architecture of belonging”, the Courage House project provides continuous opportunities for the girls to define, create and change their own spaces. It gives them choice. The choice to be alone, take part in a private conversation, or participate in a large group.

The Site

The site is organized so that the 10 Cottages, the Dining Hall, and the Activities Building form a circle. The building at the center of the circle is the Chapel. The site configuration allows the girls to see the Chapel from every building on the campus. The Dining Hall, designed as an addition to the existing house, is the social center of the campus, with a pool, outdoor shade structure, and close proximity to the Activities Building. The primary organizing element of the site is a low wall that begins at the base of the cross on the Chapel exterior.  The wall runs the entire length of the campus, and all of the main circulation paths through the site run alongside of, or pass through the wall.

The Wall of Courage

The stone site wall is designed with intentional holes, as if stones were removed to create them. Our hope is that the girls can fill these holes over time by creating permanent inserts with their personal message to the future girls of Courage House.  A message of hope, courage, love or inspiration. So that together, as a community, they will metaphorically build a wall of courage to serve as a constant source of encouragement, and a reminder of their own personal journey. At first the wall will be very porous, but over time will appear more stable and strong with every new message.  The wall terminates at a large rock at the south end of the site. The first message to the girls from the Founders of C2BU, will be located here and engraved in the rock. The wall will be lit at night to literally light their path to the Chapel, and figuratively light their way to Christ.

The Chapel

Designed as a modern interpretation of an agricultural silo, the Chapel’s unique shape signifies its rightful place as the most important building on the campus. The translucent skin screens the glass chapel inside of the silo, while providing sunlight to an internal garden.  The cross is formed by an opening in the exterior wall of the silo that allows light to come though and cast a cross-shaped shadow into the garden and inside the Chapel.  The garden and the sunlight thus become the altar. At night the silo is lit from within, to produce a glowing lantern effect, and perhaps provide a beacon of hope on a dark night.

The Cottages

The Cottages are arranged in pairs, so that the front entries and primary living rooms face each other, and the private bedrooms face each other. In the space in between the entries there is a courtyard, or a “front yard” where each girl has her own garden space. Inside each Cottage, the bedrooms are designed with special furniture that rolls so that they can arrange and rearrange their rooms in multiple configurations. The living areas provide sliding walls and screens so the girls can have flexible space that allows for private interaction or group participation. The sliding walls can be opened all the way so that inside and outside space become one.

The Activities Building

The Activities Building is located at the south end of the campus in the hub of campus activity, adjacent to the pool, horse barn, classroom and dining hall. The building provides separate rooms for art, music, dance and fitness activities, as well as lockers and changing areas. The feature of the building is an art gallery and outdoor sculpture gallery where the girls can display their work.

VIDEO - PRESENTATION AT FUNDRAISING GALA

VIDEO - DESIGNER, CAREN CUPP SHARING EVOLUTION OF DESIGN CONCEPTS

Courage House - Activity Building
Courage House - Activity Building
Courage House - Chapel Exterior at Night
Courage House - Chapel Exterior at Night
Courage House - Chapel Interior at Day
Courage House - Chapel Interior at Day
Courage House - Site Plan
Courage House - Site Plan
Courage House - Founder's Cottage
Courage House - Founder's Cottage
Courage House - Wall of Courage
Courage House - Wall of Courage