siting. the red one is where my monastery will be, someday…
i love the site because it’s nestled behind storefronts—the site itself is a cloister. and it opens on two streets. the issue is the size of the site (it’s a little small for a rather large program) and the fact that the building won’t have an incredibly present street facade (an opportunity to work with the draw of presenting slivers of a building and curiosity as a material).
since the monastery is trappist, it will have a public function. i’m imagining a ground-level microbrewery with tasting room and shop to sell their products. there will be a public court for gathering (bethesda is fraught with these public meeting areas, reminiscent of an italian city—highlighted above, in yellow). 

siting. the red one is where my monastery will be, someday…

i love the site because it’s nestled behind storefronts—the site itself is a cloister. and it opens on two streets. the issue is the size of the site (it’s a little small for a rather large program) and the fact that the building won’t have an incredibly present street facade (an opportunity to work with the draw of presenting slivers of a building and curiosity as a material).

since the monastery is trappist, it will have a public function. i’m imagining a ground-level microbrewery with tasting room and shop to sell their products. there will be a public court for gathering (bethesda is fraught with these public meeting areas, reminiscent of an italian city—highlighted above, in yellow). 

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