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Solomon Awards 2018 – Cherry Hills Community Church; Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Church Design – Gathering and Community Spaces)

Cherry Hills Community Church was looking for something their existing campus lacked. With a worship environment for over 2,000 people they were in need of smaller environments to build community and have better spaces for their people to connect with each other.

The goal was to create places that could be used for small to mid-size gatherings adjacent to their worship center and lobby. The design by Visioneering Studios Architecture was for two distinct pavilions programmed to accommodate various size crowds and configurations of seating environments.

Each pavilion includes a kitchenette for hosting events and a full audio video system. The two pavilions can be arranged for special events or to achieve more intimate settings, such as small seating clusters, or for a larger banquet or teaching environment with rows of tables or chairs. One of the pavilions is equipped with an indoor/outdoor fireplace and an attached patio with light poles and market lights that allows gatherings to spill over from indoor to outdoor when desired, or to use the outdoor space as a prefunction area.

Since opening the pavilions earlier this year, these community areas have become the church’s most used spaces on campus. While the interiors incorporate inviting tones and understated finishes and textures to create a relaxed and comfortable environment, the exterior design elements provide additional visual excitement to the church facilities. The pavilion facades compliment the existing buildings while adding new dynamic forms and breaking up the continuous brick elevations of the other facilities on the site. In addition, the exterior wood slat walls light up at night creating a dramatic visual effect and inviting the community like a beacon as they drive onto the campus.

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