King of Kings Lutheran Church
An edgy streetscape with idiosyncratic architectural features offers 17,000 square feet of attitude in this former warehouse. A strong link to the preexisting church is forms in the large corridor with suspended panels slanted from the ceiling and an angled wall, creating a sense of scale, animation and visual cues showing the way to the new space for worship and activities for high school and junior high students. Translucent panels allow privacy and light around the galvanized steel of the rounded admissions desk; horizontal windows allow a view into nearby spaces. Warm wood doors contrast with cold steel trim. A snack bar is wrapped in steel panels and glowing lighting. Existing, immovable columns constrained design efforts; a difficulty solved by wrapping each in fluorescent lighting, forming lanterns in space which add to the urban mood. Polished concrete floors with the scars and marks of its warehouse past, also contribute to the character of the place. Symbolizing the embracing of the ephemeral and spiritual with the tangible and tactile is the deep blue color of the prayer room and the pivot door of heavy steel with a wood veneer offers the significant effort needed to open a closed spirit. Radial seating for 200 in twin amphitheaters is a counterweight to the strict construction lines remaining from the warehouse, creating juxtaposition; an audio/visual booth adds to the surrounding street look. The soundstage’s white wood and fiberglass panels shift back and forth as lights dance, as a freestanding red hollow square with gray parachute drapes decorate the background. Sunflower-seed pressboard serves as the stage floor.
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