Trends in Worship Design

Trends in Worship Design
Mar 07, 2011

Traditional and non-traditional places of worship are designed to engage and inspire


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Trends in Worship Design_01 Architecture by tvsdesign that mediates the secular with the spiritual, at Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values at the University of Tampa responds to a felt need on the campus of this private, but non-religious university, as expressed by its many students interested in spiritual as well as intellectual development. Prime donors, John and Susan Sykes, and the University President, Dr. Ronald Vaughn believed the holistic development of students would be enhanced by programs and a facility that helped students examine and reflect on the kind of person they wanted to be and the purpose of their lives.
Trends in Worship Design_02 At Sykes Chapel, tvsdesign shaped wood walls with convex and concave curves to naturally distribute the sound of organ and other musical performances for worship. An acrylic diffuser below the skylight is both an acoustical reflector and light control device.
Trends in Worship Design_03 Goring & Straja designed the Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland, Calif. James Goring says these types of spaces "often embrace a more dynamic and intellectual expression of faith mirrored in architectural form. These can reach for light, create surprise and drama, and use the tools architects have employed for generations to allow for transcendence."
Trends in Worship Design_04 At the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, Calif., Goring & Straja design the sanctuary as a welcoming space. By adding fine tile, stone, trim, lighting and color designers create invite interiors that are meant to encourage comfort in a relaxed atmosphere.
Trends in Worship Design_05 Jova/Daniels/Busby restored, renovated, and expanded the original Temple – Synogogue Chapel and Sanctuary, Atlanta’s oldest congregation. (photo by Jonathan Hilyer)
Trends in Worship Design_06 The architectural challenge for Jova/Daniels/Busby was to create a design solution for The Temple to complement the original design while accommodating newer technology and meeting future needs. (photo by Jonathan Hilyer)
Trends in Worship Design_07 Jova Daniels Busby designed the dynamic First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga., as an open, flexible space with more of a hospitality/retail aesthetic.
Trends in Worship Design_08 First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga., designed by Jova Daniels Busby, features inviting interiors, including a cafe similar to one in a movie theater.
Trends in Worship Design_09 The 27,000-sq.-ft. Jubilee Church, designed by Richard Meier in white concrete and glass is one of 50 new churches with community centers built in the Rome area as part of the Vatican's Millennium project. The plan is basically traditional, with a nave, altar, side chapel, and confessional booths; there are two courts separated by a walkway between the church and the four-level, minimalist community center. The most dramatic design feature is the three curved concrete shell walls, or sails, with a marble-like finish that soar nearly 90 ft. above the building. (