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Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence / el dorado

  • 01:00 - 28 December, 2010
Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence / el dorado
Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence / el dorado, © Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair

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  • Location

    Lawrence, KS, United States
  • Architects

    el dorado inc
  • Principal In Charge

    Josh Shelton
  • Project Architect

    Steve Salzer, AIA
  • Mep

    Lankford and Associates
  • Lighting

    Derek Porter Studio
  • Furniture Design And Fabrication

    Zeke Henry
  • Renderings

    el dorado inc
  • General Contractor

    Kelley Construction Company
  • Owner

    The Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. The Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence is located on a rural site about 10 miles south of Lawrence, Kansas. For years, the Fellowship held services within an existing 1880’s one-room schoolhouse. In the late 1960’s, the church added a classroom wing, which allowed the Fellowship continued growth. During the summer of 2006, the church elected to construct a new entry lobby and sanctuary large enough for 150 members, with a committee-based design process.

© Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair

The grounds proved to be the guiding force for the new sanctuary design. Century-old hedge trees line the south and west edges of the site. Their high canopies provide strategic summer shading while also framing generous views of pastures to the south. The new sanctuary structure, intimately nestled between the hedgerows and the historic schoolhouse structure, offers a site-sensitive response to scale, materiality, shelter, and expanse. The horizontal line, a poetic reference to the surrounding Kansas landscape, is utilized throughout the new architecture and underscores a Unitarian approach to spirituality rooted in Humanism and respect for the natural world.

© Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair
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up_today_arch · December 29, 2010

I feel lightness of this project... Good project...

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Trevdor · December 29, 2010

I must admit I shuddered when I read the line "committee-based design process", but the end result is actually rather well done.

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Holcim Awards US · December 29, 2010

Wow, this is a fantastic design. So simple and elegant. Incredible materials and detailing and a wonderful integration into the surrounding landscape.

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