Drayton Green Church
Having outgrown its existing premises in Ealing, West London, The International Presbyterian Church (IPC) commissioned Piercy&Company to design a new worship and administrative space at the site. The scheme anticipated congregational growth of up to 200, providing new worship space, flexible community meeting rooms, function space, and administrative offices for the IPC. An existing Grade II listed Edwardian chapel is retained and cradled within the new scheme.
soaring ceilings and vaulted spaces of traditional church
architecture offer a key reference point for the church’s form. The
pleated roof form creates a finer grain, reducing the perception of
the building’s massing within a predominantly residential street.
As the roof rises towards the front of the site, the folds peak in an
abstracted spire, signalling the building’s ecclesiastical
- Client: International Presbyterian Church
- Location: Ealing, London
- Type: Cultural
- Gross Floor Area: 11,900 sqft
- Stage: Completed
For us, the challenge of designing a contemporary church was in balancing the need for an extremely flexible layout with the desire to create a spiritual spatial experience. We didn't want the requirement for flexibility to result in a place that felt like a community hall instead of a place of worship.
The large interior volumes of the church gave us a fascinating opportunity to explore dynamic spaces and expressive, symbolic architectural form.
Piercy & Company
We pleated and folded the roof form to create a finer grained roofscape, reducing the perception of the building’s massing within a predominantly residential street. But the folds also have a symbolic role. As the roof rises towards the front of the site, the folds peak in an abstracted spire, signaling the building’s ecclesiastical function