Rohrer Studio

Christ Church Contemporary Worship

Christ Church Contemporary Worship

Baltimore, Maryland | 2,710 square feet | Religious, Institutional



The challenge of this project was to create a “permanent sense of place” for conducting contemporary worship services in the multipurpose room of an historic church. (Shared uses include performances, dinners, meetings, youth group and occasionally basketball). A new operable scrim was integrated with the existing column grid to filter light and create a central back drop to the service, while rolling up to be concealed during other activities. A set of custom liturgical furnishings were designed to be durable and monumental - yet can be easily moved and stored away between services. The design team worked with local artisans to fabricate a custom cross, lectern, and baptismal font. The forms look like limestone but are cast concrete for cost effectiveness. The baptismal font’s inner, stainless steel bowl lifts out to allow water to be easily changed. Heavy duty wheels are concealed within wood legs and bases so that all items can roll away. 

2009 AIA Baltimore Chapter Award
2007 ASID Maryland Chapter Award