Peace Lutheran Church

Unbuilt Design Award Submission

Peace Lutheran Church needs to expand its facilities to better serve the congregation and its community through its numerous ministries.

SPIRITUAL REFRACTION
At the onset of this project, Light in scripture and light in architecture were compared and contrasted.

As light is subject to refraction, so is the spirit. In tribute to spiritual refraction, the circulation through the new facility needed to maximize the transitions from space to space. The original fit plan for the chosen site for the new facility positioned the program elements linearly after each other. The slightest shift in this layout offered many opportunities for change in direction and character of space.

DESIGN FROM THE INSIDE OUT:
Congregational leadership and building committees were presented with the central concept of architectural and spiritual light. Surprising access for natural light gave movement and energy in unique ways for each space. This design proposed the architecture should be formed of the most common materials, elevated by the interaction with both natural and designed light. This concept presented offering the best while reflecting humble character of Christ - further honoring PLC’s mission statement: to be an innovative and authentic connection to Christ.

Architect
4240 Architecture
Client
Peace Lutheran Church
Consultants
  • CBB Engineering
  • Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
  • KJWW Engineering Consultants
  • Mackie Consultants, LLC
  • Schuler Shook
  • Talaske
  • Thornton Tomasetti
Location
Glen Ellyn, IL - Illinois
Category
Institutional