Would you go to church more often if it looked like this?   Leave a comment

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Would you go to church more often if it looked like this?

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When DENNIS KOWAL ARCHITECTS was asked to design a new 3,000 seat church near Washington, D.C.,   modern church design would change forever.   “We can no longer afford to build and heat huge sanctuaries that sit idle during the weekdays” said principal Dennis Kowal AIA, LEED AP.    So with that, every major space was designed to serve more than one purpose and to be used seven days a week.  Multi-purpose rooms were not a new concept, but making them spectacular yet functional was a welcome change.

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 The Sanctuary can convert from natural light to stage light within seconds. Whether voice, choral, amplified or a Capella music, the auditorium is perfectly tuned for maximum enjoyment  but instantly transforms into a gymnasium.

This curved lobby joins all of the functions including high school, college, worship, recreation, and administration.  The same lobby is designed to seat 500 for conferences and special events.

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 Seven hundred upholstered seats can squeeze into a 3’ thick wall in a matter of minutes.  Just moments before, this was a 3000 seat auditorium!

This spacious conference room is lined with counters, storage, sinks, and white boards. The same conference room becomes a banquet room complete with buffet counters and adjacent food preparation room.

High school classrooms enjoyed natural light views and built-in projection equipment.

By sizing the high school classrooms with extra footprint and storage closets, instant conversion to Sunday School classrooms was possible.

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Posted December 23, 2014 by Dennis Kowal Architects in Places of Worship

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