Hudson Community Chapel was planned for a dramatic 25 acre site at one of the major gateways into this historic Western Reserve Community, and located so as to take advantage of the site’s rolling topography. Blessed with a growing congregation and an energetic leadership, the Chapel required a building that was both forward-looking and rooted in the principles of traditional design.
The components of the 80,000 sq. ft. building complex include an 800-seat sanctuary with an expanded capacity of 1,000, administrative offices, a fellowship hall with a dining capacity of 350, a gymnasium; and a 25 classroom educational wing, accommodating students ranging from toddlers to adults. The plan radiates from the narthex, which is pinned to the earth by a 100 ft. high steeple at the highest point of the site. The administrative and educational wings are organized around two courtyards, which are both visible and accessible from the square sanctuary.
Glass-enclosed cloisters radiate from the central narthex, connecting the various wings of the building. Parking for the 350 cars wraps around the complex in an arc, so that the distance from cars to the various entrances is kept to a minimum. Playing fields, a future education wing expansion, and a bible institute are included in the master plan.
Client: Hudson Community ChapelYear: 2000Firm Responsibility: Planning, Architecture, Interior DesignProject Application: Education, ReligiousProject Size: 80,000 SF