St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Renovation

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Renovation

Architect
atelierjones
Location
Seattle, WA, USA | View Map
Project Year
2012
Category
Churches
Lara Swimmer Photography

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Renovation

atelierjones as Architects

The project is a renovation of and design of a new entry addition to an iconic mid-century Northwest Modernist church, designed by Steinhart/Theriault in 1962. The worn 50 year old structure required a new liturgical space for gatherings around a new full-immersion baptismal artist-designed font, as well as accessibility, structural and energy upgrades. Careful choices about stripping away the years of accumulated renovations that had marred the powerful space were required. A new transparent entry out to the very urban, gritty commercial street creates a new publicoriented space for gatherings around the new font. Geometries from the dramatic roof are subtly used in the new addition to create a relationship to the existing structure, without imitating its iconic drama. A new shingled art glass wall evoking detailing of the powerful copper shingles of the exterior replaces the existing cheap, 1960’s plastic fi lm coated-single pane glass. The project was initiated and completed during the recent economic downturn, with extreme energy from the congregation, on budget at $85/sf.

 

Inside, new cast, resin-tinted art glass held by custom extruded aluminum clips frames new insulated glass units on the East and West walls replacing the visual clash and energy inefficiency of the existing glass. The nave culminates in a newly finished altar platform with a new artist-designed altar. The 60’ high wall behind the altar was treated with an architect-designed artistic paint that illumines the entire church. New lighting illuminates the dramatic mid-century structure bringing cohesive design through detailing and materials to the space.

Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Nature, character, and transparency form create a harmonic balance that characterizes this latest house by the Garcés de Seta Bonet
4 Aug 2022 News
Nature, character, and transparency form create a harmonic balance that characterizes this latest house by the Garcés de Seta Bonet

Surrounded by nature and with a broad view over Catalonia's Costa Brava landscape, Garcés de... More

Les Grandes Terres reconstruction and extension project brings a sophisticated urbanity to its Paris neighbourhood
4 Aug 2022 News
Les Grandes Terres reconstruction and extension project brings a sophisticated urbanity to its Paris neighbourhood

Adding to the urbanity of a Paris neighbourhood, this project by Hesters-Oyon Architectes involves t... More

BLAF architecten experiment through their dynamic House hkZ design with the essential components of the single-family home
4 Aug 2022 News
BLAF architecten experiment through their dynamic House hkZ design with the essential components of the single-family home

Belgian practice BLAF architecten is known for exploring complex housing sustainability, affordabili... More

Sculptural, flower-shaped Holland Casino Venlo by MVSA Architects displays a colourful, interactive facade
4 Aug 2022 News
Sculptural, flower-shaped Holland Casino Venlo by MVSA Architects displays a colourful, interactive facade

Located close to the German border, Holland Casino Venlo is a flower-shaped, sculptural building by... More

Seichii Yamada & Associates reimagine the traditional Japanese house in a striking silver façade
3 Aug 2022 News
Seichii Yamada & Associates reimagine the traditional Japanese house in a striking silver façade

Located in Shizuoka city in Japan, House in Nishichiyoda designed by Seichii Yamada & Associates... More

Sigurd Larsen designs a black timber-clad cabin that resonates with Nature
3 Aug 2022 News
Sigurd Larsen designs a black timber-clad cabin that resonates with Nature

Danish Architect Sigurd Larsen designs a tiny cabin retreat in collaboration with Berlin-based hospi... More

Making infrastructure do more: MVRDV and StudioPOD complete One Green Mile in Mumbai
3 Aug 2022 News
Making infrastructure do more: MVRDV and StudioPOD complete One Green Mile in Mumbai

Recently completed in Mumbai, the One Green Mile project by MVRD and StudioPOD transforms a series o... More

John McAslan + Partners take a ‘Fabric First’ approach to the renovation and enhancement of Glasgow’s celebrated Burrell Collection building
3 Aug 2022 News
John McAslan + Partners take a ‘Fabric First’ approach to the renovation and enhancement of Glasgow’s celebrated Burrell Collection building

Glasgow’s Burrell Collection includes 9,000 works of fine and decorative arts spanning 600 yea... More