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Studio Octopi takes on two churches

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[FIRST LOOK] Studio Octopi has revealed its plans to revamp two separate church buildings, both in the south east of England

The first project is the upgrade of a run down 390m² hall in Euston, north London. The scheme introduces new curved baffles and unveils existing roof lights which were previously covered with tarpaulin during services.

The alterations create a ‘serene and contemplative atmosphere,’ according to Chris Romer-Lee, director at the practice.

He said: ‘We have sought to create an inspiring internal space suitable for religious and spiritual contemplation, while appreciating the dual role required of the building.

‘With many churches struggling for funding it was important for the client that any overt iconography was removed to allow it to be hired out to other sectors of the community during the week.’

Studio Octopi’s second church project creates an 80m² extension to an 100-year old church at Stanborough Park in Hertfordshire.

Studio Octopi’s scheme for a 100-year old church at Stanborough Park in Hertfordshire

Studio Octopi’s scheme for a 100-year old church at Stanborough Park in Hertfordshire

A new timber tower lends focus to the building, which has suffered from a loss of identity, according to practice director James Lowe.

He explained: ‘The new timber tower gives the focus that the church currently lacks realigning the composition of the front elevation and main entrance. Internally, the first floor balconies are cut back to improve sightlines and create increased drama around the altar, whilst new windows wash light across a slightly convex chancel.’

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