Address: 8023 Green Lake Drive North | SEATTLE-WASHINGTON | United States | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 47.6872, -122.342
Bethany Community Church is a non-denominational church anchored in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. The Church has a rich history dating back to 1916.In 2004, Bethany hired the Miller Hull Partnership to study their needs along with their existing facilities and properties and to develop a program, a site master plan, and to design Phase 1 of the master plan. The program for Phase 1 was a minimum 600 seat sanctuary. Other spaces placed in the new building were the nursery rooms for proximity for parents with young children, a choir room, a welcome lobby and some flexible educational space.In the new worship space, the altar has become a stage. Wide and broad, it can be used for many events, sometimes occupied simultaneously by the choir, a band and the minister. At times during the week, concerts and plays are planned to be held in the space. All of these uses are backed by a sophisticated audio visual system, an integrated projection screen and theater lighting. The seating configuration is non-traditional and community oriented, creating more immediacy with wider and closer seating.
The sanctuary was designed with large windows to create visibility between the congregation and the neighborhood. This required balancing the desire for natural light and the need for adequate light levels to view projected images. A 30 foot tall door at the stage allows the minister to adjust the amount of sunlight into the space. Additionally a dramatic sunlit aperture at the back of the stage brings muted sunlight in, highlights the cross and provides an on-stage entry from behind. Carefully placed vegetation outside the sanctuary windows creates a buffer while providing some visibility and brings the natural world into the sanctuary. The lobby has become a social hall. With a backdrop of curved brick and a colonnade of glass and concrete columns, it opens out to the terrace and residential street, further reinforcing Bethany’s connection to their neighborhood.
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