Church of Perfect Liberty

Project Location

Torrance, CA

Architect

M. Okamoto & Associates

Product

SL45

Case Study: Church of Perfect Liberty

Originating in Japan, the Church of Perfect Liberty has a growing number of adherents on the North American continent. For the Los Angeles parish, the organization elected to build a place of worship in Torrance, California.

As with many churches, this one had a question of how to adapt the space between times of lower attendance and peak attendance events. This created a challenge for the architect, Mike Okamoto of M. Okamoto and Associates. Ultimately, the designer and the church leaders settled on a NanaWall opening glass partition as part of the solution. 

Creating Flexible Seating Option

“There were two sets of objectives which led to the specification of the NanaWall system,” says Okamoto. "The operational objectives, outlined by the client, included a flexible program for occasional increases in attendance. The church expects attendance to more than double for certain special occasions – well beyond the maximum capacity of about 200 – and the seating area needed to open up somehow to accommodate them.”

“The opening creates a unique indoor-outdoor connection that has helped with the staging of many kinds of church functions and events.”

Energy Efficiency Through Airflow Strategies

Keeping in mind the second of the two goals, Okamoto continues, “As an architect, I also had a design objective to make use of the cooling ocean breezes from the nearby shore.” A failure to make use of all available ventilation and airflow strategies can create a stale, stuffy environment, especially during hot Los Angeles-area summers. A large increase in costs associated with cooling loads can come with that, also.

The project stakeholders chose to install NanaWall's SL45 Aluminum Framed Folding System at the end of the church's worship space, nearest an outdoor gathering area. “The opening creates a unique indoor-outdoor connection that has helped with the staging of many kinds of church functions and events,” says Okamoto.

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