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Meditation room: “A Place of Repose”

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Meditation room, University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center

The Meditation Room creates an island of repose, a compelling counterpoint to the powerful medicine practiced at the University of Michigan’s Cardiovascular Center. The design creates a piece of architecture and art that gives form to the desire of the Center’s in-house ministry for a space to nourish the human spirit that would be active, meditative, and non-denominational. Narrow niches in the limestone wall are backlit using fiber-optics to give the impression of filtered daylight. A writing desk nearby holds paper and pencil so that visitors can write down their thoughts, prayers, and notes before tucking them into the niches. The ministry collects and preserves the notes left here.

Anne Garrity

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