Seoul, South Korea740,000 SFBeck – Architect
More than 45,000 people attend services at SaRang Church each week, making it one of the more popular “megachurches” in South Korea. When future growth became impossible, church leaders decided to build a new church and purchased a 1.7-acre site in central Seoul. Though small for its intended purpose, the site was a rare find in densely-built Seoul. Beck designed two curvilinear glass towers, each providing 150,000 SF of space, joined by a sky bridge. The building extends more than 120 feet below grade, which allows the church to get the most from its chosen site. The 6500-seat worship center auditorium is part of 400,000 SF located underground. In the event that church attendance exceeds the capacity of the main auditorium, there are multiple large multi-purpose overflow worship areas located throughout the facility. The church also offers youth and small group ministry spaces, a 600-seat chapel, a bookstore/cafe, roof gardens, and a central outdoor global ministry plaza.