After years of searching for a viable site for their new home, Harvest/Evangelical Formosan Church found this narrow sliver of property on the edge of the San Dieguito River Park.
The first phase includes the social hall, classrooms, children’s play area and administrative offices. The second phase Sanctuary, complete with a tower and cross, will provide the southern border to the outdoor social space.
This outdoor plaza offers views to the west across the river park and out to the ocean. The low-profile buildings, pitched roofs and muted colors respond to the guidelines developed for the area. Operable windows throughout the facility capture the breezes mitigating the need for air conditioning.
A large bay window oriented to the northwest and exterior balcony in the Social Hall offers beautiful views and natural light while multiple doors open onto the widely used plaza. Sunday school classrooms are protected by broad overhangs and offer the congregants Bible classes in rooms that have distant views and natural light and air.
The facility also provides multiple uses for the congregants including a serving kitchen that provides treats after the worship services, a library, and an administrative complex.
The landscape palette and locations were designed in collaboration with community representatives and include Torrey Pines, California Sycamores, Cottonwoods and other native plantings which are part of the design team’s approach to a regionally appropriate landscape solution.