Lynn University unveiled the design of the Snyder Sanctuary, scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, to provide its community with a multi-faith place for contemplative thought and spiritual exploration so that people of any faith can have a place to find peace.

The building was made possible by a generous gift from Jamie S. and Stephen F. Snyder, vice chairman of Lynn University’s Board of Trustees, and was designed by Newman Architects, the same firm that designed the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center and the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Library on Lynn’s campus.

The Snyder Sanctuary draws on various elements to reflect a variety of concepts about spiritualty found in cultures across the globe and connects them with timeless themes found throughout nature.

Design highlights:
• Seven walls that lean on each other to create a spiral form are interdependent as they support each other.
• Frosted glass windows that let in light but are not transparent will allow natural light to fill the room while the patterns change throughout the day as the sun moves through the sky—communicating a sense of change.
• A labyrinth outside of the main building ties back to some of the oldest spiritual practices found in cultures.

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