The city of Brighton was begging someone, anyone to tear down an abandoned off the highway, across from a hospital and next to a business park, that was filled mostly with indoor tennis courts and building something new or do an adaptive reuse. When 2|42 Church came along, they saw the potential for ministry 7 days a week, providing their community a space for arts, sports, recreation, fitness—and, of course, a chance to connect with God.
The Visioneering team surveyed the space on a freezing winter day, where it felt colder inside the steel-framed building than outdoors. Like an eerie sci-fi movie, they turned on buzzing old lights at an ancient service panel to reveal tennis court after tennis court, with chewed-up rackets and tennis balls strewn everywhere. While others may have felt discouraged, the team realized, “This is our Ezekiel 37 moment. How can we make this valley of dry bones come alive again?”
2|42 Church’s passion for 7-day-a-week usage became the impetus for a slew of ideas: downstairs in the semi-submerged space they came up with a futsal court plus options for putting out tables and chairs for worship services; upstairs became the administrative offices and 2|42 Café, a roadside offering of coffee and juice to passersby.
One tricky design navigation was conveying to people how to get from the existing parking lot, which they shared with the business park, into the lower level area or up to the café. The solution involved using shipping containers for the elevator tower, glass galleries, and even a sliding entrance into the kids’ area, creating a wonderfully fun kids zone as a result.
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