KOREAN CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Surrey, BC
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Client
The Korean Central Presbyterian Church

Completion
1995

Construction cost
$
3.0 million

Total Area
25,000 ft2

Seating Capacity
600

 

 

 

 

 

 

Located in Surrey on a dramatic sloped site, the Korean Central Presbyterian Church blends a contemporary design style with traditional Korean architecture.

The design called for a three-storey building, with distinct uses for each floor. The Worship Space and Administration wing are located on the main floor, centre focus of church activity. Meeting Rooms, Worship Area balcony & storage take up the upper Mezzanine. A fellowship hall, commercial
kitchen and classrooms make up the
bottom floor.

The interior is uncluttered; elegant in its simplicity. The Worship Area walls are finished in a cool white colour. A skylight over the Podium acts as a conduit for natural light, focusing attention to the Altar. Indirect valance lighting spans the sides, flooding the ceiling with a muted, somber light.

The exterior of the building is dominated by a ridge beam that traverses the roof, ending in a gigantic 60 foot cross. Cedar trellises to the sides provide
shading for the outdoor patio/gathering
area to the North. Finishes are light beige stucco, blue-grey asphalt shingles, and light brown cedar.

The church is the first of its kind in BC to be built by and for the Korean community.