A few weeks ago, my daughters had their annual piano recital hosted by their piano teacher. As always, there was a range of technical skills but the students generally did very well. This year, the recital was held at the Lake Washington United Methodist Church in Kirkland, WA.
I had never been inside this church before and was quite impressed by the clean and warm architecture of the building. Not something I expected from a church. Probably because I went to a traditional Roman Catholic church when I was a child that was cluttered with numerous ornate statues and paintings of holy people. In this church, there was not a single image of God or anyone else!
As the children were playing their pieces, I found myself gazing at the interplay of the building’s elements. The architect maximized the calming effect of natural light through the generous openings of the windows and skylights. The warm exposed hardwood beams merged well with the clean, crisp angles of the ceiling and walls. The globe lights simply highlighted the peeking sunlight.