The ‘Green’ building is a two-story L-shaped building using environmentally friendly and sustainable building practices and materials on a partially wooded 1.8 acre-site.
The Meetinghouse includes a Skyspace by world-renowned contemporary American light artist James Turrell, is expected to draw visitors from around the world. This mesmerizing installation has become a sanctuary for anyone who values quiet contemplation and stunning visual beauty.
The Chestnut Hill Skyspace, Greet the Light, is a permanent art installation in the Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse.
Skyspaces are rooms with an aperture in the ceiling through which the sky appears curiously closer, and they have been commissioned by contemporary art enthusiasts and museums around the globe. Cove lighting, which James Turrell designed to highlight and complement the natural light, has been programmed by the artist to subtly emphasize how we perceive light and space. The light changes with the seasons and time of day, most dramatically at dawn and dusk, rewarding repeat visitors with different experiences. The Skyspace is open to the public at designated times every week throughout the year, but not during Sunday worship services.
Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is a Quaker Faith Community in northwest Philadelphia whose members built a new meetinghouse in 2013 for Friends, the local community, the Philadelphia region, and all who seek a place for worship and peaceful reflection in our busy world.