La Canada Presbyterian Church
Building of America Award – National Real Estate & Construction Review
Architecture | Interiors:
dwight patterson architects |
DPA, Deneen Powell Atelier
domusstudio architecture |
dwight patterson architects
As a three phase mater plan, the first phase included a Narthex to the existing and dated worship space that would also connect a new worship space also used for theater and music. This all glass gallery connects the two worship venues, and also connects the church to the community with its adjacency and transparency to the street frontage. The floor to ceiling glass and curved copper shingled roof add compelling interest and inviting presence to the community.
The second building is the new Family Life Center. With three levels, it contains a new Fellowship Hall and Kitchen on the main level, a Youth Center on the lower level, and Meeting Rooms on the upper floor. The building relates to the existing Sanctuary and new Narthex with its own floor to ceiling glass entry with curved copper roof along with traditional steep pitched roofs. To allow natural light and air to fill the lower level and to minimize the feel of a basement, an outdoor light well was developed. This further allowed for a large patio for the youth which contains the noice that could disrupt other areas of the campus.
A third, fourth and fifth buildings, considered the third phase includes a new Preschool and Sunday School Classrooms, a new Administrative Office Building and Garden Chapel.