Strong Modernist Design Creates High Visibility for Pare de Sufrir

08/31/2012 | Haynes Whaley and Associates

The Worship Place Studio of Ziegler Cooper Architects recently designed a 46,000 square foot worship center for The Universal Church. Strong lines and bold colors reflect not only the spirit of the design, but also attempt to reflect the spirit of the church. The overall design image is modernist with a substantial glass entry and lobby that provides a nice visual sign board for those passing by on the adjacent freeway.

The church includes a 1,100-seat worship center, 200-seat chapel, administrative offices, children´s classrooms and an 11-bedroom apartment complex for ministers and ministers in training. A dormitory accommodating twenty is also included to house young pastors in training. A unique design feature of the complex is the in-house television studio which will allow the opportunity for the church to be broadcast in the Houston Area.

“As we considered how to address the challenging site located at the Westpark Tollway ramp onto the Southwest Freeway it became apparent that the project would need to rely on strong, simple lines and that we would need to use color to our advantage," says Paul Lodholz, Principal-in-Charge of the Worship Place Studio. “Additionally, in keeping with the goal of the church, the front entry needed to be open, welcoming and approachable so those seeking the comfort of the ministry would not feel threatened. We hope the new worship center will be a great asset for this important ministry.”

This year Ziegler Cooper Architects celebrates their 35th anniversary and has four studios — Work Place, Living Place, Learning Place and Worship Place. For further information, contact Sarah De Ita, CPSM at 713.374.0075, or visit our website at

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