The newly completed Village Church Sanctuary building is a hybrid of sophisticated and awe inspiring design with developed, powerful functionality to create a theme to fit many purposes and entice both members and visitors.
Rancho Santa Fe Village Church honored with RSF Association’s Lily Award for excellence in architecture and landscape design
The Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe, designed by church architecture specialists domusstudio architecture of San Diego, has been honored with a 2011 Lily Award from the Rancho Santa Fe Association. Presented May 12 at the association’s annual meeting at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, the Lily Award is intended to highlight work that embodies the high standard of architecture and landscape design envisioned by Rancho Santa Fe’s first architect and Building Commissioner Lilian Rice. The awards have been a Rancho Santa Fe tradition since the early 1990s and are selected by committee. This year’s committee consisted of Association President Tom Lang, Art Jury President Midgie Vandenberg and Association Member Paul Slater. Founded in 1956, the Village Community Presbyterian Church is a longtime pillar in the Rancho Santa Fe Throughout construction, the association never received a phone call of complaintarea. With more than 1,200 members in its congregation, the church is recognized for its adult and youth ministries and music programs. The church also has a state licensed preschool program for children ages 2 to 5 years. Dedicated in May 2010, after nearly two years of construction and remodeling, the Village Church today is distinguished by hand-made Spanish tile roofing and a 5-foot 6-inch cross, which sits atop a 42-foot dome adjacent to a 45-foot tile-roofed tower. When it held its first service on Easter Sunday 2010 the church was the tallest architectural point in Rancho Santa Fe. A new courtyard setting is at the heart of the church campus, and the new sanctuary offers seating for nearly 600, with improved visibility and audibility from all areas. In addition to its new sanctuary, Village Church construction also included new offices for church staff, new Sunday school classrooms and a new playground for children ages 5 to 12. The project was constructed by ROEL Construction Company, and Landscape Design was provided by Deneen Powell Atelier, Inc. Throughout construction of the church, the association never received a phone call of complaint from the community. “It was our honor to be a partner with the Village Church and to maintain good neighbor relationships with the Rancho Santa Fe community,” said domusstudio architecture Senior Associate David Keitel. “From an architectural and planning perspective, the Village Church design represents an anchor in the community, positioned as it is at the opposite end of the Village from the beloved Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The building’s Lilian Rice design blends nicely with the character of Rancho Santa Fe, and we trust Lilian Rice would be pleased and find joy with our architectural addition.”
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