Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
- Thrivent wanted a Chapel to greet employees and visitors as they entered their headquarters building in downtown Minneapolis, MN.
- The Chapel was needed to provide a symbolic representation of Thrivent’s religious and spiritually based business activities.
- The headquarters building had an under-utilized library off the ground floor main entry lobby.
- An elliptical Chapel was designed around two focal points for reflection, contemplation and prayer: a statue of St. Francis by Minnesota sculptor Paul Granlund and a newly commissioned bronze cross.
- A custom red-glass “vigil light,” visible in the lobby, Chapel entry and inside the Chapel, calls out a place of peace, contemplation, and prayer.
- The Chapel form and materials are designed to stand apart from the rigid details and monolithic Travertine walls and floors of this 1970’s “Modernist” office building.
- The soft, rounded forms of the Chapel, coupled with natural slate, wood and sisal provide a welcoming retreat for reflection in the hectic world of business.
- Soft, translucent, wave-patterned art-glass shields the room’s occupants from the public, while informing the passerby that this is a unique and noteworthy space.
- Mark Anderson designed and then directed artisans in the custom production of the art glass windows, vigil light, bronze cross, door hardware, hickory plank doors, window mullions and cross base.
- The Chapel provides a quiet, peaceful and centering space just steps off downtown metropolitan streets and a busy office-building lobby. Thrivent employees and visitors from the city use the Chapel for individual and small group prayer and meditation.
- Thrivent holds convocation at the beginning of board meetings, and Advent and Lenten worship services in the Chapel, which are broadcast throughout the headquarters.
- Thrivent is very happy with the design and construction process, as well as with the fact that the project came in on time and in budget.
- The Chapel was published in Houses of God: Religious Architecture for a New Millennium By Michael J. Crosbie.
- The Chapel received a Craftsman Award from the Construction Specifications Institute.