17 Mar Theme-Park Style Children’s Building — Crossroads Christian Church
Designed and built with an amusement park in mind, the team at HH Architects completed the Crossroads Christian Church children’s education building with an astonishing result on Aug. 9, 2015.
After research by the design team, multiple concepts were presented to the pastoral team at Crossroads. None of the concepts specifically met with the expectations of the pastors, initially. In the final concept session, an idea was sketched on the back of a napkin that the pastors found irresistible.
Design intent for the facility was that it shouldn’t fit in with its surroundings. The adjacent main worship center is very sedate and stately in appearance. The children’s building was designed to be a significant contrast to everything in the surrounding community, to attract attention to the building and portray that children are special in this place.
Spaces were designed to a child’s scale, where children wouldn’t feel intimidated by the enormity of the space, but would feel like this was built especially for them.
The ministries of the children’s programs were enhanced by the facility design goals. Each space was placed to serve a specific goal within the ministry while working into the thematic design of the facility.
Nan Gammon, associate and registered interior designer was the lead designer on the project. Gary Kirchoff, principal and project manager for HHA was the lead architect.