Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence / el dorado

© Mike Sinclair

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.

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Architects: el dorado inc
Location: Lawrence, Kansas,
Principal in Charge: Josh Shelton
Project Architect: Steve Salzer, AIA
Structural: CEO Engineers
MEP: Lankford and Associates
Landscape: Off the Grid
Lighting: Derek Porter Studio
General Contractor: Kelley Construction Company
Furniture Design and Fabrication: Zeke Henry
Owner: The Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence
Project Area: 4,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Renderings: inc
Photographs: 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
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Cite: "Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence / el dorado" 28 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=99047>
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    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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  • Trevdor

    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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    I feel lightness of this project… Good project…