'CONE' PROVIDES SPACE FOR WORSHIP
Theis and Khan Architects is set to begin work on the redevelopment of this 1960s Scandinavian-style church in Regent Square, central London. The scheme includes the extension and alteration of the existing United Reformed Church building to provide a new church area as well as a café and community centre.
Most striking is the new worship space - the 'tilted cone' - which creates a divide between the café and the church, while offering a place of contemplation. According to the practice, the minister was insistent on the worship space being only a step away from the café.
This led to the notion of a 'chapel within a rectangular space', inspired by Bramante's Tempietto of San Pietro in Rome. Theis and Khan is working with Turkish artist Haluk Akakçe, who is creating a new stained-glass window in the church's facade.