The new building forms the west and northwest edges of Jesuit Gardens, enhancing the existing landscape and providing more structure. The enhanced garden path forms a square cloister bounded by Creighton Hall to the south, the Observatory to the north east, and the arcades of Ingatius House west and northwest. Open sides of the gardens spill into adjacent wooded slopes well above adjacent streets.
The new Ignatius House is defined by two organizing forces: the individual domicile cells that form a 16’ spatial and structural grid, and the trees and site boundaries that form the undulating exterior envelope. Referencing historic Jesuit architecture and deferring to the adjacent brick buildings, an arcade wraps the gently curving building envelope to form the ege of a new cloister. This is actually the 3rd floor of the 4 story building and it serves as a loggia connecting the raised garden to interior public gathering spaces including a reception hall, dining hall open to the loggia and then into the garden. Offices and meeting rooms line the arcade on the north side. The arcade is a space that merges the public area of the garden with the private realm of the Jesuit community inside.
Situated on the west side of the building on an axis with the main entrance and Jesuit Gardens, the Chapel is the center of spiritual life for the Creighton Jesuit community. The circular shape invokes wholeness and community, while presenting a subtle reference to the Santuario de Loiola in Spain but with a rustic simplicity befitting the service-orientation of the order.