Sherwood Church
opening the doors to a closed church and halls with glass and light

Alongside gentle and delicate upgrading and restoration works throughout this beautiful Victorian church and halls, we were challenged with creating a new entrance foyer that provided level access to the buildings and a welcoming gathering space to invigorate the congregation.

Our response contrasts the heavy and closed walls of the church, with a delicate glazed pavilion, opening to the street corner and flowing from the previously dingy slot between the church and the hall. The architecture draw on the scale and proportion of the existing buildings with a new stepped lead roof adopting the level of the existing string course and new conical glass rooflights echoing the copper spire. A covered ramped surface seamlessly leads the congregation into a warm, light gathering space. Delicate crafted benches around the glazed edge offer a place to perch, a place to gather a place to wait. A beautiful red sandstone floor surface blurs the lines between old and new.

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