Chapel
Alta Mesa Memorial Park
Palo Alto, CA
Shirley Lo
Shirley Lo Design
Loretta Spence
Spence Studio Interiors
Today’s architectural photograph is the non-denominational chapel at Alta Vista Memorial Park in Palo Alto, CA shot in 2010 jointly for Shirley Lo of Shirley Lo Design and Loretta Spence of Spence Studio Interiors.

The challenge of this shot was to show the laminated onyx wall in context. I choose to shoot from the door because it displayed the piece in context and captured the emotional character of the space in a manner appropriate for the design concept.

This project won two awards: 2011 Design Excellence Award Commerical ASID California North and 2011 Gold Award/Institutional ASID California Peninsula Chapter. It was a pleasure teaming up with two such talented designers, our ability to communicate effectively on a conceptual level made it possible for us to present the project so well and still achieve the goals of each designer individually. The fact that they had been working together for two years on the project probably played the largest part in smoothing our collaborations.