Lumen United Reformed Church

Theis+Khan, London, 2008


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Lumen Church, column and ceiling 

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  • Lumen Church, column and ceiling    
  • Church exterior at dusk    
  • View of Courtyard Garden    
  • Lumen Church interior    
  • Lumen Church ceiling    
  • Courtyard Garden    
  • View from street    
  • Lumen church, interior    
  • View of courtyard garden    
  • Lumen church interior, stained glass window    
  • View of Lumen Church exterior from courtyard    
  • Lumen Church, view of rooflight    
  • View of Lumen Church interior looking out to courtyard    
  • Lumen Church, structure and ceiling    
  • Sacred space, Lumen Church    
  • Lumen Church, ceiling and structure    
  • Multi-use space, Lumen Church    
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Reworking of a 1960s church as a multi-faith building with leisure facilities

1960s church, located on the corner of Tavistock Place and Wakefield Street in Bloomsbury, London, sits on larger 1820s foundations, the remains of a Second World War bombing raid.

The design retains the original building’s volume and coherence, but adds new amenities – an entrance, a lift, toilets, offices, multi-use spaces and a courtyard garden.

A new conical 'sacred space' penetrates the existing church roof, primarily to receive direct natural light. The rooflight opening is centred between existing concrete portal frames and required the removal of one concrete purlin. The position of the sacred space at floor level is centred on the existing structural portal frame.


  • Begun: Jun 2007
  • Completed: Jun 2008
  • Sector: Religious
  • Total cost: £1.8M
  • Procurement: SBC05 without quantities
  • CO2 Emissions: 34kg/m2/year
  • Address: 88 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9RS, United Kingdom

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