Faith House, Holton Lee
Holton Lee is a charitable trust which supports disabled people in a holistic
way, enabling them to develop in the areas of personal growth through the
arts, the environment and non-denominational spirituality.
The first phase of our masterplan for the centre estate in Poole was completed
in 2002. Faith House accommodates the spiritual curriculae of Holton Lee’s
programme, providing a quiet room for individual contemplation and a larger
space for religious assembly, meetings, display of art and possibly rehearsals.
The building is an elegant flat roofed timber–framed structure, which
sits at the top of a raised path, resembling a miniature Greek temple. Views
of the surrounding countryside are afforded by full-length windows, opening
the interior spaces to the trees and the sky beyond. The setting is enhanced
by circle of cut trees, installed from floor to ceiling in the centre of
the quiet room, creating a contemplative environment in which nature and
art can be admired and studied.
The second phase of the masterplan, a series of artists’ studios,
converted from a barn neighbouring Faith House was completed in 2005.
Status: Completed April 2002
Awards: The Guardian Best British Building of the Year Award 2003, ACE/RIBA
Award for Religious Architecture, 2003, The Wood Awards 2003 (shortlisted)