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Piercy & Co’s reveals Ealing church with 'spire-like' folding roof

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Piercy & Company has unveiled plans for this 1,200m2 scheme for the International Presbyterian Church in Ealing

The practice was brought in by the church in July last year to look at a replacement for its existing home at Drayton Green, which only had capacity for 80 people.

The ‘extremely flexible’ new building, which will be able to house a congregation of 130, will feature a brass, shingle-tile ‘roofscape’ sat on ‘rusticated’ masonry walls.

Stuart Piercy, founder of Piercy & Company, said: ‘The challenge had been to capture the feel of a place of worship rather than a community hall. We created more than a 100 folded paper models to refine the proportion and form of the church. The spatial freedom of a church is a fascinating opportunity to explore dynamic spaces and expressive and symbolic forms.’

A planning application is expected to be submitted before the end of the year with work starting in summer 2013.

Model experiments with the folded roof - photography by Jack Hobhouse

Source: Jack Hobhouse

Model experiments with the folded roof - photography by Jack Hobhouse

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