Tampa Covenant Church Florida building

This modernist architecture design by Alfonso Architects combines new construction and renovation: a 25,000 sqft building forming a sanctuary, administrative offices and classrooms. Also, two existing single level buildings were renovated and the exterior space including lighting and landscape was redesigned. The architect states, “The challenge was to establish an intimate church campus by creating a new exterior courtyard that would act as a catalyst for community interaction and as the physical nexus joining new and existing buildings.”

Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California

Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Set on a prominent, two-block site overlooking Oakland’s Lake Merritt, the 1350-seat cathedral building is the centerpiece of a 226,000-sqft complex that includes a mausoleum, conference center, administrative offices, bishop’s and clergy residences, bookstore, café, and community-serving ministries.
Within the cathedral, the experience of light and space, rather than traditional iconography, instills a deep sense of sacredness.