The Lake Norman Campus of Elevation Church, which opened in early 2014 and was designed by the Charlotte office of architecture firm LS3P, has won a 2014 Worship Facilities Solomon Award for Best Church Design in the Renovation category. Awards were selected by the editors of Worship Facilities and Church Production Magazine, members of the WFX Advisory Board, and the WFX management team, and were announced at the at the WFX Block Party in Dallas, TX on Wednesday, October 1.
This adaptive reuse project transformed a derelict movie theater into a thriving worship center, providing a vibrant new hub for the church and a catalyst for revitalization for the community. A state-of-the-art auditorium accommodates 1,200 worshippers, and offers an expansive new performance venue to the community.
Program spaces include a spacious auditorium, children’s ministry area, 2 children’s performance theaters, a welcome lobby, and gathering spaces. The new design respects the building’s history while incorporating contemporary elements to accommodate the church’s needs for expanded space, community energy, and a welcoming environment for members and visitors. In addition to salvaging an underutilized structure, the project brought about immediate neighborhood revitalization impacts. The church brings energy and activity to support adjacent businesses, offers shared spaces for performing arts events for the community, and activates a once-stagnant façade with a strong visual connection to the street.
For more information on project by the LS3P Worship team, visit www.ls3p.com/worshipstudio.