– study, architecture, sensory, space, Columbia University GSAPP
Columbia University, GSAPP
The phenomenon of the SuperChurch is sweeping the world. Huge venues for worshiping are become more like rock concerts, rather than a places to worship privately. The design for this SuperChurch borrows an existing Loews Cinema Complex that as of late is home to the renowned Reverend Ike parish. The structure of the cinema complex is reused and becomes the frame for a new church that crawls into and on top of the existing building. The new program for the church not only denotes a change in form, but also a different manner of devotion where the visitor can experience the spaces privately and worship however they deem fit.
Each component of the program draws on particular sensorial and material qualities to enhance the space and experience, ranging from a trampoline room to a 100 flavor ice cream parlor. The circulation of the building is sequenced through a series of moments that one encounters while on their journey throughout the building, rendering the building as personal spiritual landscape. A series of diagrams were developed to help understand these different moments and how individual paths could be conceptualized.