RDG Wins National Award for Church Design

St. Paul Lutheran Church, designed by RDG Planning & Design, recently received a Faith & Form Magazine/IFRRA Design Honor Award for Architecture: New Facilities Category. This is an annual religious art and architectural design award program, co-sponsored by Faith and Form Magazine and the Interfaith Forum in Religious Art & Architecture honoring the best in architecture, liturgical design, and art for religious spaces.
This rural church structure in the small Iowa community of Winterset provides a serene place for worship. The forms are simple masses that become layered with varying textures and patterns of materials much like the Midwestern granary structures and the crops they contain. The building in many ways is seen as another farm structure on the edge of town forming a northwest anchor to the community. The building is layered, the building is textured, and the building is transparent in the evening when the glow and warmth of the interior spills out like the light of an Iowa barn in the evening with the farmers working inside.
Jury Comments: “This tiny project with a meager budget achieves great architectural power. The materials are simple yet expressive, such as the corten steel cross. As it sits on the prairie, there is a tension between the vertical and the horizontal, and allusions to windmills and grain silos. While the exterior demonstrates incredible restraint, the interior has a richness of texture. The interior sanctuary is a transparent, curved form whose walls move within a solid object in the landscape. The interior is filled with wind and spirit, billowing out.”


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