Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
CCBG Architects, Inc.
Brian Cassidy, AIA, NCARB
Paradise Valley, Arizona
Set on a spectacular desert campus with landmark mountain views, this church has developed over the past forty plus years into a regional Methodist congregation. Now in the suburban heart of a once sleepy desert, the building palette of brick, wood and landscaped plazas, respect the adjacent washes and indigenous trees. Spaces between the buildings become as integral to fellowship as the buildings themselves. The Sanctuary preserves and focuses on the mountain views, and the Family Life Center accommodates banquet, theatrical and recreational sports uses. These two structures share a lushly shaded plaza that extends the outdoor use of these spaces throughout the hot season, and creates the heart of the campus.