This new Oxford hospital has a circular room at its core, designed to be used as a spiritual hub to the building. However the client had difficulty envisaging what could be done in a circular space to make it practical for use for a range of differing religions.
Philip Clayden designed a mobile sculptural circular table with glass top for religious use. Deliberately incorporating no specific symbols, it was designed to embrace a natural experience of devotion common to all religions. Accompanying the table were sculptural chairs designed to offer orthopaedic support and comfort, and additional storage cupboards.
Much positive feedback has been received from both overseers and users of the space. Many people appreciate the natural symbolism of the table as an effective interpretation of a peaceful, devotional impulse.