Client: ChristChurch Presbyterian
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Status: Built 2014
Renovation and addition that includes a new 925-seat sanctuary
Contextual modern design to help blend in with its neighbors
Gertler &Wente Architects, LLP, a New York City-based architecture firm, is serving as lead designer and Architect of Record, and TSW is the Local Architect for Atlanta’s ChristChurch Presbyterian that is developing a dramatic new sanctuary that will feature a modern design that will incorporate much of the site’s existing building and complement its urban setting.
The team collaborated on a design that expands the existing building on its south side and elevates the roof and windows above a 925-seat sanctuary. Seating inside the sanctuary will be accomplished through stackable chairs, rather than permanent pews, making the room flexible for other uses apart from worship services. The Peachtree Street side of the building will feature a subtle tower with three crosses facing north, south, and east. An inviting courtyard will help transition visitors from the busy city streetscape to the more contemplative areas of the building. The contextual modern design and use of steel and glass will help the structure blend in with its neighbors. The exterior will be clad in a large-scale porcelain panel along with the brick, glass, and steel. In addition to the sanctuary, the building will contain an art gallery, coffee shop, church offices, classrooms, work areas, and meeting space.