The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville’s new sanctuary has helped to fulfill the congregation’s vision for expanded space for worship, education, and fellowship
. The sanctuary was constructed after several years of careful planning that addressed the diverse and growing needs of the suburban church. Conceived as a strong, pavilion-like structure, the multipurpose facility accommodates a variety of functions for small and large groups.
REFLECTING A VISION
Established in the 1960s, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville focuses on personal growth, social justice, and community involvement. Services had been held in a bland space, and the congregation sought a larger sanctuary that would reflect its spiritual mission. After developing a master plan for long-term growth, the design team assisted the church with materials to support its capital campaign, and then designed the sanctuary. The structure is a two-story facility that connects to the original structure, with a flexible sanctuary space and a basement level that features educational spaces, meeting rooms and restrooms.
A SHELTERING COMMUNITY
A multi-roofed system symbolizes the church’s philosophy of a strong, sheltering community built upon diverse and individualistic views. As a defining feature, the roof hovers above a delicate steel structure, intentionally separated from the enclosing glass wall to reinforce this concept.