The Third City Christian Church Plaza Addition is a 9,600 sf addition to the existing worship and youth ministry facility. Both existing and new construction employ a pre-engineered building system. The Plaza serves as an intimate venue for church services, concerts, and fellowship gatherings, creating a link between the existing facility and a future worship facility. Key program amenities include a raised performing area, mezzanine, youth ministry check-in accommodations, and coffee shop. Considering the program, the challenge was apparent – how do you make a pre-engineered building more than just a metal building?
Third City Christian Church celebrates transparency and openness as a means for building community and a deeper relationship with God. The Plaza addition is a physical manifestation of this celebration. Formally, the Plaza uses simple geometry as a hierarchical expression of the community within. One of the primary goals of the project was blur the line between interior and exterior. A large glass wall allows visual transparency from exterior to interior promoting openness and vulnerability.