Embracing Inspiration The Benefits of the Charrette Design Process church architect
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Embracing Inspiration: The Benefits of the Charrette Design Process

Designing a church building is a significant undertaking that goes beyond mere aesthetics; it encompasses the spiritual, communal, and functional aspects of a place of worship. When embarking on such a project, it is crucial to consider an inclusive and collaborative approach that ensures the final structure resonates with the congregation and fosters a sense of belonging. One such approach that has proven to be highly effective with ministry organizations is the use of a charrette process. 

A charrette is an intense period of design or planning activity that can serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution. The word charrette is French for ‘cart’ or ‘chariot’. Its use in the sense of design and planning arose in the 19th century at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where it was not unusual at the end of a term for teams of student architects to work right up until a deadline when a cart would be wheeled among them to gather their scale models and other work for review. The furious work to apply the finishing touches came to be referred to as working ‘en charrette’.

In this blog post, we will explore 5 key benefits of designing a church building through a charrette process and how it can lead to a harmonious and inspirational space for worship.

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Designing a church building is a sacred endeavor that demands careful consideration of the spiritual, communal, and functional aspects of worship. By embracing the charrette process, a church community can tap into the collective wisdom and creativity of its members and design professionals. Ultimately, a church building designed through a charrette process becomes a tangible expression of the congregation’s identity, values, and aspirations—a place that inspires and uplifts all who enter its doors.

Learn how the BGW Architects team builds unity and momentum quickly through a 3-day charrette exercise that has been utilized by more than 1,000 ministry organizations nationwide

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