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KANAWHA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
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KANAWHA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

The project direction for the re-imagination of the KCPL was focused equally on programmatic relevance and architectural transformation. Rethinking library services most valuable to an historic downtown, its residents, businesses, and visitors, the project required a significant increase in space – providing more opportunities for people to meet and engage. A new addition, architecturally marking its place in time through crisp, modern design and detailing, physically embraces the iconic, century-old classical structure.

 

A new pedestrian bridge spanning Quarrier Street provides secure, covered connection to a public parking garage, and the improvements include large and small meeting and study rooms, a café, maker space, and outdoor public gardens and plazas for both programmed and spontaneous use.

 

Through the reimagined project, the Kanawha County Public Library will revive a landmark in downtown Charleston and bring a vibrant, animated space to serve as the community’s living/learning room.

Scope: 
Additions
Historic Preservation
Interior Renovations
Location:
Charleston, WV
Size:
80,000 gsf
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Fluffy Clouds
BIBLE CENTER CHURCH

The church leadership described their vision for a new worship campus as a natural, wooded retreat in the city – experientially a place where your heart can slow down.  The design solution for the Bible Center, while rooted in a contextually familiar vocabulary, evolved into an extremely unique architectural response for the traditional church.  Entry procession from the canopy through the pre-function gathering space is lodge-like in character and inviting. The flexible main worship space combines interior design, audio-visual technology, and stunning views to promote collective worship and support highly effective teaching. 

 

Purposed to reach all people, the project explores form and materiality, light and acoustics, space and experience in a way that connect with young and old, masculine and feminine, member and visitor, sinner and saint.  

 

Scope: 
New Construction
Location:
Charleston, WV
Size:
70,000 gsf
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Sand Dunes
RIVER RIDGE CHURCH

Rather than opt for a green field site and new construction endeavor, River Ridge purchased an abandoned Saturn car dealership at a prominent interstate exit.

Key aspects of the Silling design included the development of new and existing entrances, and a large central gathering space carved between previous lobbies, parts’ bays, and service areas. A new, 300-seat worship area was created through the dramatic transformation of the primary vehicle maintenance area. A dynamic teen meeting space was developed within a projected, glass pavilion at the corner of the showroom floor. Nurseries, elementary, and a large “River Camp” children's theatre were stacked within the two-story section of existing office spaces. Existing glass garage doors were salvaged from the facility and incorporated in the interior, offering views of the teen and adult meetings spaces.

Scope: 
Adaptive Reuse
Location:
Hurricane, WV
Size:
19,000 gsf
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Rock Texture
YOUNG LIFE WILDRIDGE CAMP - CAMPER DORMS

Situated on the rim of the Gauley River Gorge, Young Life camp aspires to provide teens with the best week of their lives.  Inspired by the dramatic landscape of the gorge carved by the world-class rapids below, the architecture of the WildRidge camp looks to connect with young people through a less predictable and more current design language. It takes on a relevant identity that speaks to the hopeful future of the Appalachian wilderness and the people it can serve.

 

 A material and texture palette inspired by vernacular materials of the region, allowed to weather and grow in character with age, speaks to the spirit of place. The design solutions of the camp center building are meant to sit lightly on the land, and a theme of “rustic minimalism” is explored to create a timeless yet contemporary experience that resonates with teens and the iconic landscape of the site. Each Camper Dorm will serve 96 young people as they experience the greatest week of their life!

Scope: 
New Construction
Location:
Nicholas County, WV
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Swimming Pool
YOUNG LIFE WILDRIDGE CAMP - DINING HALL

Inspired by the authenticity of people and place, and responsive to the dramatic river and ledge features of the landscape, the architectural concept proposed by Silling Architects for this project takes on a rustic minimalist character meant to sit lightly on the Wildridge Camp property. 

 

Located near the camp arrival point, the Dining Hall will sit at the head of an open green space and provide constant orientation to the overall campus experience. The long front porch and cantilevered decks serve as a covered entry space for meal time while also providing group gathering spaces. The large dining area will also serve as a temporary Club Room for worship. The design is inspired by the simple materials of the logging industry sawmills that forms the historic background landscape of the Gauley River.

Scope: 
New Construction
Location:
Nicholas County, WV
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