Gethsemane Lutheran Church / Olson Kundig

Gethsemane Lutheran Church / Olson Kundig
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© Benjamin Benschneider

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Churches  · 
Seattle, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Photographer Created with Sketch.
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    -, Autodesk, Bombast, Chadhaus, Design Within Reach, Donghia, Komplot Designs, Peter David Studio
  • Design Team (Olson Kundig)

    Jim Olson, FAIA, Design Principal; Bob Jakubik, AIA, LEED® AP, project manager; Jerry Garcia, LEED® AP, Project Staff; Nahoko Ueda, LEED® AP, Project Staff; Megan Zimmerman, LEED® AP BD+C, Architectural Staff; Christine Burkland, Interior Design
  • General Contractor

  • Associate Architect

    SMR Architects
  • Civil and Structural Engineer

    Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Mechanical Engineer

  • Electrical Engineer

    Cierra Electrical Group
  • Landscape Architect

    The Berger Partnership
  • Lighting Design

  • Specifications

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Text description provided by the architects. The design for this richly complex project enhances the Gethsemane Lutheran Church’s already significant presence in downtown Seattle by updating an existing 1950s building and integrating it with the other program elements (worship, housing, and social services).

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Ground Level Plan
Ground Level Plan
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Olson Kundig Architects led the remodel of the building’s exterior and the church’s main sanctuary, as well as the design of the chapel, garden, and the Parish Life Center. Executive architect SMR led the design of the affordable housing units and the Hope Center.

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“Light is a major part of the design of spiritual spaces. The chapel at Gethsemane is made of a mosaic of clear, translucent and colored glass to create a beacon of light.” –Jim Olson, FAIA, Design Principal


Multi-colored metal and glass bands weave the varied programs into a single visual tapestry. From a distance, portions of the metal tapestry, with a copper/gold finish, create oversized cross forms, while up close, the warm-toned handcrafted glass windows of the chapel cast an intimate natural light onto the street.

Courtesy of Chris Burnside | Olson Kundig
Courtesy of Chris Burnside | Olson Kundig

A small meditation garden adjoins the chapel and fellowship hall, balancing openness with outreach. Near the entrance to the church, a statue of Christ will stand in a small garden creating a “sidewalk chapel” for passersby.

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© Benjamin Benschneider

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Address: 911 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101, United States

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Cite: "Gethsemane Lutheran Church / Olson Kundig" 04 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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