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Chicago, IL

Our design for this three-story church addresses the current and future needs of a growing congregation and community. The church’s goal was to create a new symbol of faith and community and expand functionality for their members and families. We implemented a design that unites the outward/public and the inward/spiritual functions of the church’s program in a seamless and dynamic modern form. A protected roof deck offers highly flexible outdoor space with passive solar strategies to allow comfortable and efficient use across seasons.




65,000 SF


  • 1,200-seat sanctuary

  • 450-seat banquet hall

  • 140 parking spaces

  • 14 classrooms

  • Commercial kitchen

  • Bookstore

  • TV / radio recording studio

  • Charity foundation

  • Administrative offices

  • Guest residence for visiting scholars



Client: Elim Pentecostal Church

Architecture: a+c architects

Interior Design: a+c architects

MEP Engineering: DesignTeq Consulting Engineers

Structural Engineering: SP Engineering

Civil Engineering: Gloger Engineers 

Landscape Architecture: Gary Topalian

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"a+c architects put their hearts and souls into our project, and we never saw them as hired professionals, but as part of our internal team."

Pastor Christian Ionescu

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