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Church Hall

‘Stage to the Street’

We were asked to do an architectural proposal to refurbish the facade of an existing self-doubting church hall. The facade seems to have been 'domesticated' through various ill-thought additions over many decades. We sought to simplify and extract the existing proportions of the facade by means of studying similar facades on historical churches and halls, especially in Europe. Essentially we were dealing with a gable-end and we decided to celebrate its presence by making the facade reference the function of its interior. Taking the stage out onto the street. Allowing the building to celebrate its civicness through with its bold new facade.

The building faces a small public park and has open views towards the atlantic ocean. The new entrance created seeks to strengthen the connection with park, phisically also in its use, as well as the ocean through subtle reference to it and marine life.




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Steyn Studio