Dwan Light Sanctuary is a non-denominational place for quiet
reflection that was conceived by Virginia Dwan. In his collaboration
with Dwan and architect Laban Wingert, Ross suggested a space
where the movement of the spectrum and the form of the building
would act together - a space shaped by the Earths alignment
to the sun, moon, and stars.
Designed around the number twelve, the Dwan Light Sanctuary
is illuminated by six prisms in each of two apses, and three
prisms in each of four skylights. The prisms form broad ribbons
of pure solar color that move in concert with the rotation
of the Earth. Lunar spectrums can be seen on nights when the
moon is full. A third apse, facing north, houses a square
window. A line parallel to Earths axis extends from
the center of the floor through the center of this window,
and points directly to the north star.
Excerpt: Harold Linton. COLOR IN ARCHITECTURE. New York: