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Lumen

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Theis and Khan Architects
 
location London
function chapel, church, culture, meeting room, religion
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A new multi-faith centre for worship and contemplation, created within the shell of an existing 1960s United Reformed church, Lumen offers an open invitation to people of all faiths. The 1960s church replaced an older church, which was bombed during the Second World War, and backs on to an ancient burial ground for the people of Bloomsbury, now called St. George’s Gardens. There are 3 main elements to the redesign: a café clearly visible from the street through a dramatic 8m high window, a new sacred space for contemplation within the main body of the church and a new extension housing 3 community spaces.The Shaft of Light is central to the design. The spectacular conical, shell-like space, reaches through the full 11m height to a single roof-light. In addition, a tranquil garden at the rear offers a contemporary interpretation of a cloister, with slender brushed stainless steel columns supporting an arcade around a central courtyard planted with herbs and silver birch trees.

 

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hyNchus says:
A chapel full of grace and harmony. The intention is to live the idea of community in all its' essence. The building talks about it by itself. A single space where everything happens and where a silent outrageous object creates what you need to look inside yourself even deeper.
Almada, Portugal 19-Jul-10
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Lumen
Address
Tavistock Place 88
United Kingdom
http://www.lumenurc.org.uk/
Project is public!
Opening hours Guided tours can be arranged by contacting the venue manager Trish Giles on trish.giles@btconnect.com or 07713 288582
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Completion 1- 2009
ArchitectTheis and Khan Architects
artistAlison Wilding
artistRona Smith
Client United Reformed Church
 
Project ID 3357
Latitude/Longitude 51°31'34N 00°07'23W
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