Olson Kundig Architects is pleased to announce that it has been commissioned to design the redevelopment of Gethsemane Lutheran Church Social Services and Housing Project in downtown Seattle. Groundbreaking will start in January 2011 and construction will be completed in 2012. Jim Olson, FAIA, founding principal of Olson Kundig Architects, is leading the remodel of the building’s exterior and church’s main sanctuary, as well as designing the Parish Life Center, a garden and chapel. In this effort, Olson is also teaming up with the project’s executive architects, SMR Architects, to design the five-story affordable housing unit, known as the Hope Center.
The design for this richly complex project will enhance the church’s already significant presence by updating an existing 1950s building and integrating it into an evolving urban context and increasingly developed neighborhood.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church, the oldest Lutheran congregation in Seattle, which recently celebrated its 125th anniversary, has a long-standing commitment to serving the urban needs of the Denny Triangle and Seattle at large.