Holy Spirit Church
As a project recognized by the American Institute of Architecture for design, this building showcases inspiration paired with functional considerations. Completed with a limited budget this design demanded innovation. Flexibility was a key feature of the design. The sanctuary can be closed off and a seating area with stackable chairs can be used for other purposes. With no pews to hold hymnbooks, three projection screens were integrated into the space and hymns are projected from the balcony.
Seating for 600 people is provided in a semi-circle around the altar. This space is reflected on the outside in the mass of the building and is reflected in the design of the administrative offices. The low maintenance nature of the metal roof and wall panels is more economical and reduces interior heat gain by reflecting the hot desert sun away from the building. Using plants native to the area for landscaping gives a pleasing environment while minimizing the need for maintenance.