Ancient church set up as a modern event room
Multifunctional complex in San Francisco. Old Church furnished as Event Hall

The architectural studio balbek bureau designs a multifunctional architectural complex in a lively area of San Francisco, including a residential building, an old church furnished as a modern event hall and a common courtyard

The initial idea of the project was to create a launchpad for the development of young startups. In this way young people could live, work, socialize in a single space of inspiration. The result would have been a modern educational centre with multi-functional spaces, assembly halls, which would have been housed in an old church with furniture

Ancient church set up as a modern event room

The church is none other than the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a landmark for the city of San Francisco, dating back to 1880. Closed for worship in 1990, in recent years the basement of the church itself has been used as a schoolhouse. When the renovation work began, the church was equipped with auxiliary rooms adjoining to the central one, with a capacity of 200 people

Ancient church set up as a modern event room

The architectural elements have been renovated according to a precise historical reference. One of the requirements of the design was that of elements capable of integration through dry assembly, without affecting the building envelope

Ancient church set up as a modern event room

To hide religious themes from the stained glass, a multimedia frame with a translucent material on it has been designed. When light passes through it, an interesting refractive effect is created and the church is filled with rays of coloured light

Ancient church set up as a modern event room

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