The new campus for Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church resulted from the union of two churches in Decatur, Alabama. Davis Architects designed the Master Plan for the new campus and Phase One includes a Family Life Center and K-8 School. Until the sanctuary is constructed, the Gathering Space in the Family Life Center will serve as an interim worship space.
After procuring a century old round-arched stained glass window depicting the Annunciation, the church requested a design that evokes the rich traditions of Catholicism. Taking cues from the “Annunciation Window”, the design draws references from the Romanesque style whilst utilizing more contemporary building materials. The use of brick accents and ground face CMU with smooth and rusticated faces in Flemish bond, alongside synthetic stucco and aluminum storefront, provides the building skin with a rich texture. Natural materials such as wood, stone, and slate provide a timeless quality to the interiors. Natural light and views also enhance interior spaces, and appropriate sizing of exterior wall openings based on orientation helps ensure user comfort. Evoking the Biblical concept of a “city upon a hill”, the relatively flat site was graded so that the buildings sit at a higher elevation relative to the rest of the site. The outdoor space adjacent to the Family Life Center will eventually become a courtyard surrounded by arched colonnades and enclosed by the future Sanctuary and other related buildings; invoking imagery of traditional monastic cloisters. At the heart of the campus, it will be the social hub for the church.