Arborlawn United Methodist Church
Location:Fort Worth, Texas
Services:Architecture Programming / Strategic Planning Master Planning Construction Administration Graphics
- Bronze Award for Houses of Worship – National Brick in Architecture Award
The goal of our church was never to build just a building, it was to give us the resources to reach further and deeper into the community. Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford got it, they understood it, and they incorporated that into the design and creation of our new facilities.
The merging of two existing churches into a single congregation required new worship spaces. The strength of the combined music programs posed an unusual challenge for the design team. Unlike most worship spaces, the acoustic properties of a symphony hall were incorporated into the final design solution. Complicating the acoustics are room shaping and surface treatments required by the new 106 rank organ. The resulting 1100-seat sanctuary is also the second home of the Fort Worth Symphony. A 2-story-high gathering space links the sanctuary to a separate 300-seat contemporary worship space. A new 150-seat chapel, featuring the relocation of existing stained glass from the former church, provides a smaller venue worship space for the church. Additional classrooms and bride’s and groom’s rooms are also included.
The centerpiece of this new facility a 1,110-seat sanctuary that is bright and airy with natural light brought onto the chancel by a skylight, while artificial lights and speakers are hidden from view. The choir loft is front-and-center, as is a 6,800-pipe organ. State-of-the-art acoustics have made the sanctuary the favored “community home” for the renowned Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.