About This Project
Due to cost the original building construction did not include the wing intended for this location. Later, The Arkitex Studio Inc was engaged to design this wing, but the purpose for it had evolved to new needs. Ultimately this single-story 10,500 square foot addition was designed for multiuse functions but with a focus on the Youth ministry of the church. The wing connects to the main building “Great Hall” near one of the main building entries with an open gathering space for use by all members. A large multiuse classroom opens off this space, and a modest entry hall forms a gateway into the Youth area. The Youth area consists of a Kitchen, Café with table seating, various breakout classrooms, designated storage of Youth materials, and a large open-volume meeting room. The visual highlight is a series of brightly colored spiraling “clouds” suspended in the Café volume, which is the organizing element of the Youth space. Aesthetically the new wing exterior blends into the existing facilities as if always there, playing off the existing building aesthetics. As a taller one-story wing it intersects the existing foyer spine below a curved roof with a short linking element for a clean connection. The end of the wing includes an outdoor plaza and covered designated Youth entry. The resulting courtyard between the new and adjacent existing wing was developed with outdoor children’s space, as well as an arched roof pavilion for outdoor functions. All of these spaces form a multiuse flow between the building areas and outdoor space. This project was completed in 2017.
Photography By: Charles D. Smith, FAIA