Monday, December 29, 2008
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
A restaurant in a church. Strange, you say? Almost as strange as a church housed within a warehouse, perhaps. Though clearly a restaurant, with tables and chairs for a cozy meal, waiters bustling round, and cheery holiday music playing, the building still retains a very churchy atmosphere.
Spectacular stained windows tower of the room, reflecting the little bit of sun that shines through on this cloudy day. A rather small and simple church, much care has been put into its design nonetheless. High arched windows and a lofty ceiling draw one’s attention upwards to heaven. Even the wooden beams supporting the antique architecture are carved with a simple, yet elegant picture, showing the amount of work put into each detail of the church. Both older and more modern artwork adorn the walls in charmingly distressed wooden frames. The needlepointed chairs, wooden benches resembling old pews, artwork, and indeed every detail, enhance the atmosphere of the old country church.
Every detail serves a purpose, but every detail is made beautiful as well. Here there is no division of the practical and the beautiful. Here there can be seen no schism between functionality and artistry. Take the old pulpit, for example. Once it stood at the head of the church, as a stand for the preacher. Now, it stands as a podium at the entrance to the restaurant. Yet it is not only a purposeful tool, but a beautiful piece of artwork. Here and throughout the restaurant/church is this mentality reflected; that a thing can be both useful and ornamental.
Monday, December 22, 2008
The front entry hall and staircase, from the upper floor. Clean lines, and angles, and I like the paint colour ;)
The church's theater.
Coffee shop right outside the main sanctuary. And actually I really like both the paint colours and the artwork on the wall. The coffee shop is actually my favorite part of the whole church, design/artistry wise.
And here we have the main sanctuary...very big, open, huge stage. This picture doesn't really give you much of an idea of the size...but it is big...very big.
Cornerstone, a perfect picture of a contemporary church building. Once a warehouse used to house a computer company, it now houses a congregation fo vibrant and active believers. The main sanctuary especially is a reflection of the modern, functional style seen throughout the rest of the vast building.
Painted a neutral beige, the concrete wall stretch up to a silver lined sky. Wooden beams and lighting wires criss-cross the insulation covered ceiling in an intricate pattern of shapes and angles. Spotlights and speakers hang dow from the ceiling, making no attempt to conceal themselves. Rather, the various technical tools flaunt themselves as if they were proud of their purpose without pulchritude.
The entire sanctuary, laid out in a simple square, seems to be al angles, hard walls, and vast open spaces, and does nothing to hide its former purpose. It is as if they (who is they?) are proud of their modern functionality and practicality, but could there be more? Could beautifully designed sanctuaries, soaring stained glass windows, and ornately gilded molding be more than merely superficial ornaments?
This use of beauty in worship spaces is not only more appealing, it is downright essential. The church, the actual building, is the place where the body of Christ gathers in worship, and the one place more than any other where God is present on earth. If one’s church is the home of the God Most High, does the church not owe to God the very best home that they can give Him? Do they not owe to Him a home that is worthy of His majesty and reflects His glory?
And pictures will be coming in the next post :)