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  5. EOP Architects
  6. 2013
  7. Southland Christian Church / EOP Architects

Southland Christian Church / EOP Architects

  • 00:00 - 15 February, 2013
Southland Christian Church / EOP Architects
Southland Christian Church /  EOP Architects, © Phebus Photography
© Phebus Photography

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Southland Christian Church - Richmond Campus, Lexington, KY 40502, USA
  • Area

    17558.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Contractor

    Messer Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Staggs & Fisher
  • Structural Engineering

    Brown + Kubican
  • Audiovisual

    Michael Garrison & Associates
  • Client

    Southland Christian Church
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© Phebus Photography
© Phebus Photography

Text description provided by the architects. A unique client’s vision and openness to abstract symbolism provided EOP Architects the opportunity to transform a long vacant and neglected retail mall into an energized campus with a newfound purpose. Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, requested a contemporary, iconic design that would be welcoming, inspirational and transformational but devoid of any traditional references to Christianity: there are no conventional steeples, crosses, or stained glass windows. However, the design response includes a number of abstract interpretations with references to these elements.

© Phebus Photography
© Phebus Photography

The LED-lighted sun screen that drapes the exterior of the educational center symbolizes a contemporary stained glass window and the slanted colonnade composition that defines the worship center’s exterior is a modern interpretation of the crucifixion. Additional design metaphors include references to the heavens through a pattern of recessed light niches and angular wall planes representing mountains.

© Phebus Photography
© Phebus Photography

The 140,000-square-foot space that formerly housed a large regional department store has been renovated into educational spaces. There are several teaching and group gathering rooms, a nursery, separate learning spaces for pre-school, K-2, grades 3-5 and a large center for student ministries for middle and high school students.

© Phebus Photography
© Phebus Photography

Adjacent to the educational spaces, a 49,000-square-foot addition houses the 2,800-seat worship center with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. Three giant screens simulcast sermons from Southland’s main campus while a live band performs on its large stage. An asymmetrical baptistery with a dry area for family viewing mirrors asymmetrical exterior entrances. The curved balcony is fronted by a concrete, cantered façade which helps collect low bass notes to enhance sound quality.

© Phebus Photography
© Phebus Photography

The educational spaces and worship hall are joined by Connection Point, marked by a large, asymmetrical polygon with a nautical symbolism for easy wayfinding. At Connection Point, there is a large café for pre- and post-functions as well as an information desk where visitors’ questions are answered.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

In addition to the building renovation and addition, the project includes the redevelopment of the 30-acre campus. The site plan includes a formal plaza and parking for 1,800 vehicles.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Southland Christian Church / EOP Architects" 15 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884