The Worship Center is specially designed to resonate with our modern culture. Instead of a dedicated use “sanctuary” we created a truly “multi-purpose” facility that can transform on a daily basis to meet various ministry needs and serve the larger community. Enhancing ministry to our current culture demands social space that supports relationships and invites participation. Our design features a modern concourse that unites the congregation with one continuous and spacious circulation path.
First Assembly Children's Center
The Children’s Center contains first-class educational space specially designed to appeal to the children who use it. From obvious design choices like cheerful carpet, to architecturally responsive details like landmark entrances that make it easy for kids to navigate, this facility is an excellent example of how to do it right! The building features beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, while the U-shaped plan encloses a north-facing courtyard that provides a shady refuge most days of the year.
Saint Louis, Missouri Completed: 2007
Jubilee Church is a young, dynamic, forward-thinking church that came across a great deal on an unusual piece of real estate. So when they came to us asking, “How do we transform an old funeral parlor into a church?”, we knew that we had been gifted with a great client! Figuratively and literally, we transformed this building from a place of death to a place of life, a new ministry center for our friends.
Leaving the beautiful Mission-style exterior exactly as we found it, we turned the interior spaces into clean, modern spaces for worship, fellowship, child care, and staff offices. Where possible, we left in place the beautiful plaster ceiling work from the original parlors. The contrast of old and new gives the entire building a richness that is difficult to find in new construction.
Architect: Vessel Architecture & Design, Inc.
Contractor: Middeke Construction, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Pillar Design Group
Lighting Design: Ward & Jacobs
O'Fallon, Missouri (Saint Louis Area)
Completion: December 2012
Morning Star is another wonderful client that asked us to help it re-envision the master plan for its campus after a previous master plan exercise left the church with a plan that was both inefficient and largely irrelevant to their ministry.
After meeting with all major ministry teams, Vessel performed a detailed space needs analysis. This helped the church understand how it was using its current space, and how that use should inform decisions about future construction. The result is a very compact master plan that will allow the church to expand its facilities to support its vision.
Grace Community Chapel
Saint Peters, Missouri (Saint Louis area) Completed: 2010
Grace is a thriving church with vibrant ministries that have run out of space to grow. Led astray by previous architects, the church turned to Vessel specifically for our expertise in designing for the Church and her ministry. Collaborating with church leadership, we led a design process that unraveled the mistakes made by previous architects, resulting in more net usable space and substantial cost savings!
Features of the 25,000 square foot addition include a new Sanctuary for 600, café and media center, educational space including a fantastic indoor playground, and a new 30-foot wide concourse to connect the existing and new buildings while providing plenty of room for fellowship.