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Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence / El Dorado

  • 00:00 - 28 December, 2010
Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence / El Dorado
Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence / El Dorado, © Mike Sinclair 
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  • Architects

    el dorado inc
  • Location

    Lawrence, KS, USA
  • Category

  • 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 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. 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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Cite: "Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence / El Dorado" 28 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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