The project at Northbrook Church in Richfield, Wisconsin consists of a multi-level 31,000 square foot addition including a new 800+ theatrical style worship space, gathering/fellowship space, café, bookstore, meeting space, youth and adult education space and restrooms. Both the new and existing worship space rely heavily on technology, specialty lighting and acoustics. The existing worship is intended to serve as overflow worship seating at heavily attended worship services. The main venue can stream live video to the second space so attendees can experience the same service in tandem. The existing worship space was renovated and classrooms were created in the old balcony. Building separation and code issues were challenging but a solution was attained that solved aesthetic, code requirements and functional needs.
The light-filled gathering space highlights dynamic forms and finishes including wood and tiled walls, swooping drywall cloud accents, patterned translucent acrylic, custom carpet, polished concrete floor and accents and specialty lighting. A large double-sided fireplace is a focal point in the gathering space providing intimate seating areas on three sides. Amenities such as ‘touch-down’ technology/charging stations, coffee areas, and family restrooms and a parenting area provide flexibility and contribute to the offerings the new space provides.
Groth Design Group worked closely with the Owner and Construction Manager to ensure that this project was delivered within an aggressive time frame and budget. The design intent was executed in such a way that the new addition complements the existing building and provides a new image highlighting the transparent, contemporary and inviting personality of this congregation to the community.