Project: "Shrine of the Holy Spirit"
Company:SOA Architects dba Stuart Owsley & Associates, PC
Designer(s): "Stuart Owsley, Project Architect/SOA Architects", "O. Gene Bicknell, Visionary/Owner", United States
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Entry Description: The "Shrine of the Holy Spirit" at Branson, Missouri USA was inspired by an idea which came upon entrepreneur/owner Gene Bicknell in a vision five years prior to its completion in April 2010. Two years of dialogue, reflection and planning with Bicknell followed his vision. The SOA project architect needed to also understand and share this vision from the perspective of a sculptor to give it form, shape, scale and continuity with the site conditions. The "Shrine" is placed on a sloping site directly in front of The Mansion Theater building and 75 percent of the structure is recessed into solid rock with 20 foot excavated depth at the base of the Tower and Chapel. The "Shrine" structure is also positioned for optimum balance with the site, theater building and sight lines from the expressway road at the front of the site. The 100 foot high triangular shaped tower element is topped with a cross of the Christian faith and geodesic sphere representing the world. Each side of the tower feature 50 foot high sloping, splayed, scalloped top and bluestone veneered wing walls, representing the shoulders and arms of God. While the tower and wing walls are dominating elements, they emphasize the hexagon shaped Chapel building and leave no doubt as to its importance. The entire structure is placed on four multi-tiered hexagon shaped and interlocking courtyard decks covered with bluestone tiles and surrounded by descending bluestone walls which encompass two additional building elements. Main entry level deck features planters and hexagon shaped pool/fountain centered on the main steps leading up to the Chapel deck. Special features integrated into the design solution are outdoor architectural and programmable LED lighting systems for a variety of night time accent color scheme effects.

About the Designer/Company
Stuart Owsley, Project Architect, SOA Architects with Southeast Kansas design studio office established in 1982 and serving clients in US States of KS, MO, ARK, OK, TN and Indiana as well as Kabul, Afghanistan. SOA strives to provide a high degree of substantial 30 year experience for single design responsibility and coordination of all building components and systems. Design-bid, design-build and construction management services provide our clients with what is expected, needed and required for a variety of building type functions. "Shrine of the holy Spirit" project architect Stu Owsley truly believes he was also inspired by the Holy Spirit and visionary Gene Bicknell's vision, and gives credit to Bicknell and the Holy Spirit for his "once in a lifetime" opportunity and design contribution. The "Shrine of the Holy Spirit" is dedicated to the Holy Spirit but, testifies to the perseverance and faithfulness of a man, his vision and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. "It was not an easy journey at times but, it was truly driven by the Holy Spirit." - O. Gene Bicknell