Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Master Plan
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
220,000 sq. ft.
This growing congregation asked HarrisonKornberg to enlarge and unify their urban campus, while fostering a sense of community throughout the entire church complex. New program areas include a 3500-seat sanctuary with a choir stand for 300, a 600-seat Children’s Church, a 300-seat chapel, a multi-purpose hall, a bookstore/café, choir rehearsal rooms, recording studios, and administrative offices.
Light and form help to connect the areas to each other and the tight urban site. The main lobby wraps around the sanctuary and is framed by a basket-weave of lightly tinted glass panels. Inside the main sanctuary, the central altar, circular seating and intricate ceiling details reinforce communal worship and spiritual aspiration. Other design elements throughout the facility reflect important symbols of the church’s history and current practice. Large courtyard spaces and a chapel garden on the ground level and a cloister garden on the second floor enrich the experience of the campus.