Vedanta Society

Providence, RI

KITE’s design for a major addition for the Vedanta Society has created new worship space, seminar facilities, offices, and lodging for visiting scholars and guests. The design references the cultrual roots of the worship and study community and gives the building a unique identity reflecting its long history in Providence.

Located on a major historic street in Providence on College Hill, the design started with a scale and massing that is intended to respect its institutional and residential neighbors and create a street edge compatible with the walkable community.

An eye to energy efficiency and cost effective yet durable materials is an important factor. Features such as a green area with sunscreens and deep overhangs provide a tranquil garden area within a very tight urban site, and also reduce cooling loads in the summer.

The project started with investigations into alternatives and long-term needs of the Society. A ceremonial groundbreaking led by Swami Yogatmananda invited numerous community spiritual leaders from a variety of faiths to participate in a celebration of this endeavor and was completed on schedule in early 2012 thanks to the hard work of TRAC Builders.

Photographs by Warren Jagger

Awards

Merit Award, Interiors, AIA Rhode Island, 2012

Gold, RI Monthly Design Awards, 2012