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St. John’s Academy

Posted in Housing & Master Planning

This military high school in Wisconsin wanted to incorporate a columbarium for the interment of alumni funeral urns. The challenge was finding a way to integrate a quiet contemplative space into an active campus populated by several hundred seventh- through 12th-grade boys. We designed a space sunken slightly below ground level and adjacent to the school chapel, that is both deeply connected to the campus and yet separated from its daily bustle. A fountain at one end of the space, opposite the entrance, helps set a reflective mood.