Holy Savior Lutheran Church - Master Plan and Additions

Holy Savior Lutheran Church - Master Plan and Additions

Holy Savior Lutheran Church was formed from the merger of two smaller churches in northwest Lincoln. As part of the master planning process, we identified the congregation’s immediate needs and planned for future expansions. We also worked with church members to determine the presence they wanted their building to project to the community.

Holy Savior maintains a strong traditional orientation, both liturgically and in the actual physical character of the building. Yet the congregation also wanted the building to reflect a progressive, more contemporary personality befitting a younger-oriented congregation. The cruciform, cross-axis plan and building massing reinforce the concept of strength, stability and tradition — a simple white church set upon a heavy foundation. However, the cross-axis’ high point occurs over the nave, instead of the altar, and reflects the more contemporary manner of their worship service with community-style, fan-shaped seating in the nave.

Our initial designs were fitting for a small church starting a new joint ministry. However, the church outgrew its new facility. Narthex corners became classrooms, and space for meetings was unavailable. The church soon decided to hire us to complete a 12,000-square-foot addition.

The new addition opened up the existing narthex to create a larger gathering space, including a fireplace, soft seating area, coffee/refreshment counter, elevator and coat storage. The addition also provided administrative offices and educational facilities, with nine classrooms for Sunday school and a planned day school.