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First Presbyterian Church of Edmond Youth Ministry

First Presbyterian Church in Edmond, Oklahoma had recently constructed a new sanctuary, but they needed a space dedicated to their youth. Their old sanctuary space was an ideal size and location for a new Youth Center. However, the church was very clear with STUDIO that this space was to look and feel like the youth’s own space and not like a leftover sanctuary; this brought about an entire interior re-invention of the space.

STUDIOARCHITECTURE divided the space into zones for fellowship, worship and learning. The worship area takes advantage of the height of the space – providing zones for acoustical diffusers and theatrical lighting. Large translucent glass garage doors can be opened for larger events, allowing the worship area to spill into adjacent gathering and games spaces.

Another very important component to this project was providing the opportunity for the rest of the church to interact with the youth. The Filling Station coffee and snack bar and Palmer Lounge are located at the main youth entry, which also opens into the refinished Family Life Center.