Despite being a modern build, the award-winning Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon (UUFCO) building in Bend, Oregon has been praised for its feeling of sanctuary.
For Portland-based architectural studio Hacker, the greatest guiding force in the design of the UUFCO building was the landscape around it. Its 22-acre site, anonymously donated to the church in 2011 and volcanic high desert in character, features a grove of Ponderosa pines that the building was constructed to orientate around. The ground around it was also returned to its native wild state to avoid it looking too landscaped.
The building, clad in three different stains of cedar, is all elegant simplicity, its rectangular shape ‘fractured’ to look like a fallen log. Inside, its wood-clad walls and ceilings connect it to nature, while giving it warm, soothing feel. The result is a combination of clean, flowing lines that delight the eye, and rectangular vertical and horizontal lines that deliver a sense of stability.
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