Cleveland Ohio | 2009 - 2013
North Presbyterian Church transforms an industrial warehouse into a multi-purpose worship space for an urban congregation that serves the homeless and needy in Cleveland, Ohio.
The site for the new church is a decommissioned industrial warehouse building where the congregation is strategically collocated with a series of affiliated nonprofit social organizations that share services and infrastructure. Existing size limitations meant the sanctuary was required to be a shared space with all tenants providing large meeting and assembly spaces divisible by movable partitions.
The architecture capitalizes on the multi-purpose function of the sanctuary to enhance the spatial qualities that characterize sacred worship space (symmetry, volume, indirect/ambient natural light). Conceived as a hybrid canopy/cathedral, a ceiling surface undulates to create a series of vaults that maximize the spatial volume available and conceal the appearance of hardware and headers required for the movable partitions. The faceted ceiling panels are subdivided into an animated triangular pattern developed to simultaneously maximize material economy, ease of construction, and visual complexity.