Renovate according to BNIM Architects

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Renovate according to BNIM Architects

The American architecture firm BNIM has renovated a church devastated by fire in Kansas City, creating a new design and enhancing the bright interior in order to highlight what remains of the original structure.

After the Westport Presbyterian church was largely destroyed by fire, the local BNIM company rehabilitated the building by restoring the main church and the altar as much as possible, adapting the renovation to its original image. Before the fire, the church was divided into two buildings at a right angle. The new layout connects the two parts through a corridor that orients itself towards the ancient bell tower.

The entrance has been redesigned so that the corridor also connects to a meeting room. Towards the back of the site, where there was a chapel and a living room, a group of offices, a library and a new 40-seat chapel have now been placed.

Inside the church, white, glass and concrete contrast with the parts of the surviving Romanesque Renaissance structure, which have been left exposed by the BNIM. These contemporary-looking surfaces, with redesigned arches and ground lighting, are the background for exposed stone walls.


BNIM Architects, Kansas City Church
BNIM Architects, Kansas City Church
BNIM Architects, Kansas City Church
BNIM Architects, Kansas City Church
BNIM Architects, Kansas City Church
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