After purchasing a 160-acre golf course alongside the Little Miami River in Cincinnati, Horizon Community Church leaders worked with CDH to create a master plan for a new church campus. A primary objective was to preserve the beauty of the natural site while positing the new campus buildings in an area that takes full advantage of the pristine landscape. The complex was designed with sustainability in mind and features a cluster of buildings that resembles a European village, CDH reports. Energy is conserved through passive heating and cooling and a selection of sustainable materials.
The design team worked closely with church leaders to create many of the outdoor features that clearly define the campus. The first phase is a traditional French Country design and sets the foundation for future growth and expansion. The focal point of the church narthex is a grand fireplace with a large hearth that serves as a gathering place for members.
Large windows in the worship center and in the narthex open up the interior of the building to the surrounding scenery. Well-positioned, handcrafted chandeliers along with the use of wood, ironwork, stone, and other natural finishes add a timeless detail. A 3.5-acre pond with 10,000 square feet of terraces is used as a place of spiritual reflection.
A 400-seat chapel that served as an initial worship space was included in the first phase of the master plan. A café, bride's room, large gathering spaces, administrative offices, classrooms for children, educational spaces for adults, a warming kitchen, and parking to serve were also included in the initial construction.
Horizon Community Church
Phase 1 65,000
Full Build Out 160,000
Cost: Phase 1 $19 million
Phase 1 2010
2012 Brick in Architectural Award Silver