Posted in projects on March 1, 2017 1:52 pm EST

An Arizona Church Masterplan Cements Community Connection

SDG Architecture expands and improves an existing campus in Tucson, constructing a new sanctuary and a paved courtyard to link together all of Sabino Road Baptist Church's buildings.

Sabino Road Baptist Church, Tucson, Ariz.; images courtesy of SDG Architecture LLC.


 

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By Church Designer Staff

The master plan for Sabino Road Baptist Church in Tucson, Ariz., by local SDG Architecture LLC, afforded the church an opportunity to create a new 6,900-square-foot amphitheater-like sanctuary with more seating and better equipment....

A number of churches with properties located within the more urban portions of their cities find themselves landlocked, without options for growth. The master plan for Sabino Road Baptist Church in Tucson, Ariz., by local SDG Architecture LLC, afforded the church an opportunity to create a new 6,900-square-foot amphitheater-like sanctuary with more seating and better equipment than the church had previously. The sanctuary is reportedly a careful blend of flexibility without creating a black box effect.

Exterior design

The new sanctuary is designed to allow Sabino Road Baptist Church to reach a larger congregation in one service. Consequently, the church will be able to expand its ministry and invite in more people from the community to each service. The design of the building reaches out to the community, as well. The exterior addresses the busy adjacent road with traditional desert colors accented by a tall, tan cross impressed into the side of the sanctuary. The cross identifies the function of the building, while its long, horizontal lines inviting the community to park and be drawn into the curved face of the lobby.

In addition, the new sanctuary addresses a need of the existing community. There is a scenic corridor along Sabino Canyon Road with views of the Catalina Mountains. In consideration of the scenic corridor, the building is set back from the road approximately 50 feet. However, to achieve the height desired within the sanctuary itself, the building takes several steps up in height, so as to never block the views of the mountains. The tallest wall, which encloses the sanctuary, reaches 24 feet high, enabling the [design] needs of the interior of the sanctuary to be met.

Interior design

The internal design focused on meeting the current needs of the congregation, while considering their desire for growth. Within the new building, there is the sanctuary and the lobby, as well as washrooms, storage, a janitor’s closet, and a green room. These spaces service the current and future needs of the church, SDG reports, while the design elements enhance the experience.

A major design element is natural light, which is primarily achieved by the building’s lobby. The entire lobby is wrapped with a glass store-front. On the inside of the sanctuary, there are elongated apertures on both walls adjacent to the stage, allowing natural light to flood the sanctuary. Aside from allowing light in, the north facing windows allow for views of the Catalina Mountains.

Project Location: 2710 N Sabino Canyon Rd, Tucson, AZ 85715

 

 

 

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