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SECOND UNION CHURCH

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

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The congregation of the Second Union Church had built a minimal box structure in the 1960s as a first Phase of an eventual church development. Their program was to build a new sanctuary with a strong church image. The building has a capacity of 300 people, including balcony seating.
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The response to their program was to separate the old structure from the new through an entrance lobby serving both sides. The new administrative offices were to be located at the entrance as a welcoming gesture to anyone who enters the building.


Photo by Max Toro


The congregation seating is organized in a semi-circle, three sides facing the chancel. The exterior roof form leaves no doubt that this is special church. From the inside, the ceiling soars to over fifty feet in a bold thrust upward to the skylight ridge cap. Interior materials are warm natural mahogany and tiled floors.


Photo by Max Toro


The furniture was designed to fit the space and reflects the geometry of the space itself.


Photo by Max Toro


The furniture was designed to fit the space and reflects the geometry of the space itself.


Photo by Max Toro


The furniture was designed to fit the space and reflects the geometry of the space itself.


Photo by Max Toro


The furniture was designed to fit the space and reflects the geometry of the space itself.


Photo by Max Toro


The furniture was designed to fit the space and reflects the geometry of the space itself.


Photo by Max Toro


The furniture was designed to fit the space and reflects the geometry of the space itself.


Photo by Max Toro


The furniture was designed to fit the space and reflects the geometry of the space itself.


Photo by Max Toro


The furniture was designed to fit the space and reflects the geometry of the space itself.


Photo by Max Toro

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