CityLife Knox Photography
When CityLife Church Knox engaged Sinclair Brook to manage the redevelopment and expansion of its premises, the main objective was clear: the church wanted welcoming, modernised and flexible facilities for its growing member base. Sinclair Brook worked closely with dKO Architecture to deliver an holistic solution specifically reflecting the church’s inclusive culture.
The existing community centre’s staff and services were relocated to temporary accommodation onsite, allowing services and facilities to remain accessible to the church community while the building was partially demolished and remodelled into a reception wing. At right angles to this, and connected by a crossover bridge, a brand new, tall two-storey community centre was also constructed. Its strategic placement helps define the central outdoor plaza and car park (occasionally utilised for large church events), also revitalised with new asphalt, playground facilities and landscaping.
The new community centre incorporates a bright, spacious foyer, community café and children’s play area, designed to encourage interaction, plus ministry rooms and additional meeting rooms which house some of the more sensitive services provided by the church, such as welfare and counselling. These were designed for privacy, both acoustically and by locating them off the atrium’s upper suspended level.
The palette was kept timeless and neutral: muted charcoal and concrete tones, warm timber joinery, and fresh white walls, all set off by diffused light. The atrium’s vast timber batten ceiling accentuates the immense space. Externally, the building features a striking contemporary metal façade.
Construction was completed by Figurehead in a single stage and within a reduced timeframe due to their construction methodology. Practical Completion was achieved on 6 October 2017 and the official Grand Opening was held on 26 October 2017. Executive Minister, Peter Leigh, CityLife Community Care staff and church members have been actively enjoying their beautiful new facilities ever since.
Sinclair Brook recently acquired some professional photography of the development. Thanks to Tom Roe Photography for the images.