Tampa Covenant Church / Alfonso Architects

© Al Hurley

Architects: Alfonso Architects
Location: , Florida,
Construction Cost: $2,600,000
Project area: 25,000 sq ft
Project year: 2010
Photographs:  Al Hurley

site plan

The program included a new 25,000 sf freestanding church building comprised of a worship sanctuary, administrative offices, and classrooms for an existing congregation of 450. In addition, the project required the renovation of two existing single level buildings, one from the 1960’s and one from the 1990’s, and a complete site redesign including parking, lighting and landscaping. The challenge was to establish an intimate church campus by creating a new exterior courtyard as a catalyst for interaction as an exterior room joining the new and existing buildings.

© Al Hurley

The project’s Interior and exterior were developed using the Fibonacci sequence to establish scale and proportion in tandem with the churches’ theological requirements. The many architectural features of the project were derived from theological precedence while reflecting quantities of numerical biblical importance (i.e. 3 olive trees, 7 candle boxes, 12 office windows, 14 pendant lights, etc).

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Cite: "Tampa Covenant Church / Alfonso Architects" 07 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=86741>
  • D. Strong

    Great program, but a missed opportunity. The stone work alone is screaming for more attention to detail. As opposed to the random home depot patterning. Overall, the design reads like a one liner.

    Look at Trahan’s Holy Rosary Church and the emphasis on the spirit of the place, not the theatrics.

    • ygogolak

      I agree that the stone is a little out of place, but I don’t see why you would compare it to Trahan’s . They don’t have any furniture in the space and therefor you have no idea of how the space actually functions. This project is much more suited to the masses that actually will use the space.

    • Scott

      D. Strong,

      Just twenty years ago we were renting a tiny strip of space in a string of retail establishments as a congregation of about 150-200, including kids. God has blessed us with this cherished church building and we trust His Kingdom will benefit for the work of the Triune God going forth within its walls. Drop by and visit.

  • http://www.thecoolist.com Mike Payne

    After seeing the map marker, I was moments from walking out the door to snap some photos of my own (the marker is about a quarter mile from my home). Here’s a spot on map of the building’s location: http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&q=13320+Lake+Magdalene+Blvd.&fb=1&gl=us&hnear=&cid=0,0,6523685611630131922&ei=6BXYTKfTLsH_lgevmI2KCQ&ved=0CBQQnwIwAA&hq=13320+Lake+Magdalene+Blvd.&ll=28.068345,-82.492218&spn=0.528937,1.056747&t=h&z=11

  • shetu

    the congregation interior looks like that of a restaurant.

  • jdcarling

    The sense of the space definite provides a contemplation and communication with God.

    So many churches I visit today rely on strobe lights, 3 projections screens, fog machines, internet, movie set back drops. From the photos it doesn’t look like they do.

    I am in Florida and hope to visit there soon!

    Thanks for posting.

  • Maggie

    jd, you are so right and we would love to have you and anyone else that would like to visit come by any Sunday.

  • Quodwo Danquah

    this design shows the use of light, colour and materials in a very interesting way. the combination is but a rare invitation to God.