Eco Convent Represents Sisters’ Vision for the Future


The Dominican Sisters House of Formation represents the vision of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael for their future members. This communal-living facility is designed around the principles of green and sustainable building, achieving a Gold LEED™ rating. The building is designed to accommodate active communal engagement, and includes a chapel for worship for the house residents and the greater campus. A meditative garden at the center of the cluster of buildings incorporates a dry creek bed which will collect and retain roof stormwater. All plantings are drought-tolerant or native species, with drip irrigation in the meditative garden and un-irrigated native grasses in the surrounding site.


Create a sustainable communal home for novice sisters, representing the Dominican Sisters stewardship of the future.


Incorporate green and sustainable building practices while creating a new home for the sisters including both private and communal worship spaces.

Design Features

  • Building form and trellis frame meditative garden
  • Chapel for house residents and greater campus
  • House accommodates both private and communal spaces











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