The congregation was outgrowing the support spaces in their existing 1970s-era church. Beside the church was the original church manse, a recognized heritage house. The project entailed saving and relocating this historic building and constructing a new, 3-storey church support building.
The church building committee established a programme for the facility including Sunday school classrooms, meeting hall with kitchen, library, greeting foyer and administration and ministry offices on the top floor. A new landscaped plaza will provide space for outdoor activities.
The architecture addresses and enhances the urban character of historic St. John’s Street. A fully-glazed landmark feature stair, with a pattern of coloured glass and exposed glulam wood roof beams, anchors the building on the street and animates the plaza between the new hall and the church. The top floor of the building is organized around an open-plan office with lofty clerestorey roof whose north-facing windows provide tempered, even natural lighting and views of the North Shore mountains.
Construction is well underway with completion in the summer of 2014.