Bellevue First Congregational Church is an adaptive reuse of an existing 1970’s office building. The 49,000 sf two story steel frame building is cut open on its NW corner to insert a 6,000 sf 47’ high sanctuary. The sanctuary consists of 40’ high CLT folded plates. Washing indirect light downwards from northern skylights and full height side windows, the undulating CLT becomes the backdrop for subtle daylight experiences so common to our Northwest light under our grey skies. Construction was completed by Goudy Construction, with structural engineering by DCI Engineers. The congregation held their first service on Easter Sunday.
PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS
– 2015 Faith and Form Award, Unbuilt Category
– “Bellevue church converting 1970s office building into a ‘space of awe’”, by Journal Staff, Daily Journal of Commerce, March 23, 2015.
– “Tall Wood Buildings Spread Around the World”, by Ashley Bach, Washington’s Working Forests Action Network, March 27th, 2015.
– “Here’s how to turn an old Bellevue office into a sacred ‘space of awe’”, by Marc Stiles, Puget Sound Business Journal, March 11, 2015.