What will the Renovations of the Hillhurst United Church Bring?

Hillhurst United Church is a 100 year old church in Calgary. They recently designed to make some renovations to the church but first, a design competition was held for ideas.

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What will the Renovations of the Hillhurst United Church Bring?

Hillhurst United Church is a 100 year old church in Calgary. They recently designed to make some renovations to the church but first, a design competition was held for ideas. Submissions came in from around the world but the winner lives in Red Deer. The church used the competition to start the renovation or rebuild for their West Annex which will now be completed in three years. Here is a look at the renovations the church is undergoing.

Design Competition

The competition went global with ideas and submissions coming in around the world. There was a need to renovate the West Annex because it was built in the 60s and no longer offered enough space for the size of the congregation. Being a 100 year old church, it was time to start expanding and making improvements.

The purchase of the project was to support the growing congregation and offer something more to the neighbourhood. No matter what faith a person has, the church directors want the new space to help the whole community. This is why the church asked the community to get involved in offering their ideas and suggestions; they wanted to see creativity and what the people actually wanted to see done here. The whole community will be able to now use the space and services offered in the new space.

The Renovation

The church saw around 40 submissions from students in 18 different countries including France, Jordan, Spain and more. Not only did the judges come from Calgary, but also from NYC, Hong Kong and Halifax. They asked for submissions to focus on issues the church faces like wanting a stronger community presence and enhancing the existing church. Most people submitted something in regards to having an event space, café, gardens and markets.

The winner was Tanner Allred, an architecture student of Dalhousie University, Red Deer resident. He designed a modern, four-storey structure that juxtaposes the historic church. His design is flexible, fresh and offers a strong community benefit. It will offer an event space, administrative space and on the fourth floor a dorm space for youth homeless. The second place winner offered a design to include a market hall, café and kitchen reminiscent of churches in Britain that open on the weekends for gatherings.

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