About the project

Lutheran Church of Hope –Grimes is a satellite facility of a large, multi-campus Evangelical Lutheran Church in the heart of Iowa. It won multiple awards for its design including AIA’s Honor and Merit awards.  The 21,150 square-foot building serves as a community and worship center for a fast-growing congregation within an expanding rural community.  The site is part of a larger planned residential and commercial development focused on walkability and community engagement including a school and many future amenities.

The building is designed with visual aspects. The two-story darker form is crafted with a hand-made texture of clay tiles and serves as the vessel where larger worship and educational functions reside. The lower single-story white, metal clad-form serves as a support bar to the larger worship space and creates a warm “front porch” with the incorporation of cedar and a cantilevered protective overhang. The 40’ cross stands as a third element marking the entrance and balancing the building composition. Gathering spaces, educational facilities, and a flexible 400-seat worship space enable residents to grow and connect within the life of the church and the surrounding community.

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