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Rebuilding Effort of Fire-Consumed Malibu Presbyterian Church to Commence

Seven months after a devastating wildfire gutted much of the prominent Malibu Presbyterian Church, the congregation has selected Domus Studio Architects of San Diego, California, to design a new worship facility for the two-acre hillside site along Malibu Canyon Road near Pepperdine University.

In an intense competition that spanned several months and numerous formal presentations, Domus Studio prevailed over several highly respected and nationally known architectural firms to win the project.

According to Project Director Gary Daly, the San Diego firm was selected for its expertise in designing and renovating liturgical and religious structures, as well as for its stunning design concept that incorporates a contemporary ocean-fronting, glassy theme for two view-oriented buildings connected by a huge central outdoor terrace.

Anticipated to break ground in early 2010, the new church campus will include a 400-seat sanctuary, spacious multi-purpose room, administrative offices, pre-school and church classrooms, all atop two levels of parking.

A key component of the church design, says Domus Studio's David Keitel, is the fellowship space or "third place."

"With home and work occupying the first and second places in people's lives, churches like Malibu Presbyterian are now providing a vital third place essential for socializing and connecting with others in the community," explains Keitel, an associate at Domus Studio who has designed several award-winning projects, including the San Diego Symphony Offices and First Lutheran Church, San Diego. "The new design emphasizes formal and informal gathering places that will foster more interaction among the congregation and community members, including nearby university students."

In addition to the worship and fellowship structures, Keitel notes that Domus Studio developed a site plan that "provides better traffic circulation and more parking on the small, steep site."

For more information about Domus Studio Architects' projects and services, call (619) 692-9393 or visit www.domusstudio.com.

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