GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN C H U R C H Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is a new church for an established and growing congregation.
The program for the new church included: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Easy expandability A feeling of connectedness with the site and nature A sense of inspiration Ample natural light Visibility A worship space with good sightlines and Convenient access Good acoustics Great places for fellowship Flexibility Integrated art Integrated technology A community experience Multiple entries
The architect designed a stained glass art opportunity into the church and worked to develop a call-for-art; short listed several artists and ultimately selected a design by artist Scott Parsons.
Inside a cross is the focal point, surrounded by a stained glass installation symbollically expressive of the Gloria.
Panels from a locally prominent artist were relocated to the chapel.
Designed to accommodate a continuation of the growth the church has been experiencing without having to build a new sanctuary, the initial capacity of 850 can be expanded to 1,350 by relocating classrooms, etc. currently housed within the sanctuary envelope.
A tower, to be built in Phase 2 (also incorporating art) will be visible for a distance and provide a focal point for the overall composition.