New Mount Olive Baptist Church
A project by: MATEU Architecture Inc.
Client: New Mount Olive Baptist Church
The invited competition included MATEU Architecture Inc., and HCO Architects, Inc., a nationally recognized Architecture and Engineering firm specializing in Faith Based Buildings, based in Indianapolis, Indiana.
New Mount Olive Baptist Church, located just west of downtown Ft. Lauderdale, at 400 NW 9th Avenue, is one of the oldest African American churches in South Florida. With a storied past dating to its humble beginnings on November 25, 1918, the New Mount Olive Baptist Church campus today contains a structure which is included in the National Register of Historic Places, along with the current 4 story worship facility built in 1979, and boasting a membership of over 10,000 congregants.
Ripples created when a drop falls in water was the organizational frame of reference and inspiration for the design concept, symbolic of the church’s mission statement… “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:19-20.
The winning design concept includes a new Worship Sanctuary with over 1950 seats, a bookstore, café area, Sunday School classrooms, choir facilities, administrative and pastoral offices, a 200 seat chapel and parking facilities, proposed to be built as Phase I of a two phase building program and adding approximately 40,000 s.ft. to the existing facilities in a seamless architectural expression that unifies the entire campus. Phase II will be the re-purposing of the existing worship facility into a Family Life Center that will include, among other spaces, a gymnasium, workout facilities, fellowship/dining hall and meeting spaces, whose construction will commence after the completion of Phase I.
The proposed design includes a number of abstracted symbolic elements associated with “church architecture” without the “literal” expressions of a more traditional solution and a proposal for a 15 year master plan of development, with milestones every 5 years, that will include a school, additional parking facilities and a potential residential development for congregation members.
Renderings by Ruben Gil of Spacial Visionz