Frampton Park Baptist Church & Housing
Matthew Lloyd Architects LLP
- Original design
- Matthew Lloyd Architects LLP, 2015
The 2018 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2019 programme mid-August.
The Frampton Park scheme creates 3 new residential blocks (47 apartments), enabling a new church building, café and community facilities on the Frampton Park Estate in Hackney. Ranging from 5-8 stories in height, the new blocks vary the horizontality of the post-war estate, while drawing on the context of the existing buildings in materials, details and the treatment of entrances and windows to create a rich architectural language. The scheme won a Housing Design Award 2016.
Matthew Lloyd Architects’ new, multi-functional three storey church offers far greater scope to serve the community and with a significantly smaller footprint.
A courtyard garden formed by the new housing is open to the street, and a ‘village green’ in front of the church provides for community gatherings and events. Externally, the church is clad in a pale textured brickwork with a pitched roof of brown zinc.
It was vital that the church should be visible and welcoming: the entrance to the church is marked by a soaring tower, a cross etched into the corner and illuminated at night.
The church entrance sits alongside a light-filled two-storey cafe which has glazed openings onto the green space and visible from the street beyond. The café offers immediate visual connections to much of the interior, including a youth club, studio, project rooms and kitchen, as well as offices, and acts as the primary hub of the building.
The worship space occupies the lofty, pitched-roof third storey, the pitched roof volume promising a spiritual purpose. Daylight flows through skylights cut into the apex of the main roof and a smaller, asymmetrically appended side aisle with a raised stage. Sports-pitch markings on the floor hint at the flexible use of this space (ideal for basketball), and the aisle and hall can be subdivided into two separate rooms.
The Church is constructed and self-finished internally in cross-laminated timber (CLT) visible in this space and throughout the interior of the building. CLT has excellent environmental credentials and offers speed of construction, the inherent efficiencies of prefabrication, and robust internal finishes - of particular importance in a building used extensively by children and young people.
'It is not just the finished architectural product that renders this building an interesting essay in religious reinvention but also the radical programme and function of its internal spaces….the crisp detailing of the space, its barn-like rustic aspect and the shadows and textures created by the fall of vaulted daylight onto its honed wood surfaces all speak of a quiet, naturalistic simplicity that resonates both with the informality of Baptist ministry and an architecture committed to intimacy and transparency”
Ikeh Ijeh in BD Online 12/01/2016
Completed 2015 / 2016
Total Cost £12 million
Clients: Frampton Park Baptist Church / Telford Homes