Servant Savior Presbyterian Church
8,000 sq. ft.
After a fire destroyed this small Presbytery’s church, the leadership approached HarrisonKornberg to design a replacement facility to accommodate their congregation’s needs and express their reform theology. The program includes a 70-seat sanctuary that opens to a large fellowship hall, administrative offices, a dining room and kitchen, meeting rooms and classrooms for children and teens.
The design incorporates four garden spaces. An entry garden becomes the focus for secular zones; the worship garden frames one side of the glass-walled Sanctuary with views of planting and moving water; a small mediation garden is visible from the meditation room; and a community vegetable garden anchors the north side of the complex. All occupied spaces have views of one or more of these gardens, and the gardens act as transition spaces between everyday life and the activities of the Church.
Servant Savior’s congregation requested security, durability, natural materials and local sourcing where possible for their building. In response, the exterior of the church is clad in Texas limestone, Hardi-siding, prefinished metal panels and finished cedar. These materials will be durable and easy to maintain for years to come.
The church leadership wanted an engaging modern design to express their reformed theology while offering an inclusive home-like atmosphere. The building’s natural materials, abundant natural light, comfortable scale and strong connection to the landscape create a nurturing environment where all are welcome.