When The Redeemed Christian Church of God, The King's Palace, a congregation serving the Nigerian immigrant community west of Houston, embarked on its effort to create a new house of worship, the architects were tasked with designing a structure that advanced the church's mission of bringing "a positive change to our community."
Faced with a firm budget, pre-engineered metal building technology was used for economy when constructing the facility, which accommodates the house of worship and Sunday School Classrooms. In order to draw from the doctrine of the parishioners, shaped metal panels and screens were overlaid onto the exterior structural frame in the shape of a large boat to draw upon biblical references to Noah's ark, referencing an important part of the congregation's theology.
Sanctuary Construction (The Redeemed Christian Church of God, The King's Palace)
Project Size: 301-800 seats
Completion Date: March 1, 2016
Another crucial element that needed to be considered when creating the space was the acoustical properties of the facility, as strong musical expression is used in services. To enhance acoustic sound quality, the worship facility was designed to not focus sound by incorporating angled walls and surfaces throughout the structure. Acoustical sound treatment included approximately 1,200 square feet of fabric faced acoustical wall panels with a minimum NRC of 0.85. In addition, sound absorbing materials were used on the floor, walls, and ceiling in order to further reduce the reverberation time.
The result of these actions is a worship space that provides a lively acoustical environment for praise and worship.
From the onset, the architect approached the project with the purpose of advancing God's Kingdom and promoting Christianity. To that end, the new, 22,887 square foot worship space reflects the congregation's community-centric mission through the use of modern technology and state-of-the-art facilities.