Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall
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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall

November 21, 2014
Exploring the essence of structure, local materials and natural light to invoke spiritual qualities, the design of this Unitarian Church combines technological expertise with a sensitivity to the local environment.  The site borders a forested mountainside in Reno which offers a stunning backdrop and inspires a design that is in harmony with its surroundings.  A variety of louver designs flank the expansive glazed façades, creating patterns of light within.  While poetic, the effect is also practical – the glazing systems capitalize on the varying degrees of light available during different seasons, providing the appropriate amount of exposure year-round.

In addition to natural daylighting, the design also incorporates solar energy panels and integrative HVAC systems based on a variety of sustainability principles.  The architectural character of the project remains subtle in appearance despite the advanced technology implemented, and it offers a graceful addition to a predominantly residential section of Reno.  Future phases include the addition of a 250-seat great room, a gathering room, library, and educational spaces.

Location / year

Reno, NV / 2002

Project Type

Church / Chapel

Principals in Charge

Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP


Kit Gibbs
Chris Schabacker
Brooks Dunn
Libby Ortwein
James Long Ho
John Tsai

Project Scope


Project Manager

Marcos Ancinas

Square Footage

7,750 GSF

Photographic Credits

Cesar Rubio

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