Client: St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Location: Seattle, WA, United States
Completion date: 2012
Artwork budget: $254,000
Susan Jones, FAIA, LEED BD+C
Skylight Systems, Inc
A new shingled art glass wall evoking detailing of the powerful copper shingles on the exterior of the 12,000sf iconic mid-century Northwest Modernist church, designed by Steinhart/Theriault in 1962 replaces the existing cheap, 1960’s plastic film coated-single pane glass. The new glass wall replaces the visual clash and energy inefficiency of the existing 1960’s glass.
Careful choices about stripping away the years of accumulated renovations that had marred the powerful space were required. Geometries from the dramatic roof are subtly used in the new addition to create a relationship to the existing structure, without imitating its iconic drama. The new shingled art glass wall evoking detailing of the powerful copper shingles of the exterior replaces the
existing cheap, 1960’s plastic film coated-single pane glass. The project was initiated and completed during the recent economic downturn, with extreme energy and dedication from the congregation, building committee and design and construction teams on a modest budget of $85/sf.
The design, fabrication and installation teams worked closely during the entire process. Extensive physical models and large scale details were worked continuously throughout the collaborative process.