New Faith Baptist Church International

The building features a curved facade with an innovative suspended steel sunshade system. The sunshade modulates with respect to the solar orientation as the facade curves from an eastern to northern orientation. The program includes a 2,300-seat auditorium, 300-seat chapel, fellowship hall, a two-story multi-purpose foyer seating 400, nurseries, bookstore, classrooms, and a TV studio. The fanshaped design of the auditorium creates a sense of closeness to the pulpit and to the 100-person choir section behind the pulpit. The sanctuary focuses on a stage that provides a flexible platform for both worship and theatrical presentations. State-of-the art audio, video, and theatrical lighting enhance the worship experience. Future phases of the building program will include an educational wing and a family life center.

Year: 2010
Location: Matteson, Illinois
Area: 100,000 square feet

Key Features

2,300-seat auditorium
300-seat chapel
fellowship hall
two-story multi-purpose foyer seating 400
TV studio
100-person choir section


American Institute of Architects, Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture, Religious Art and Architecture Design Award, This is the highest national design award given specifically for the design of a religious facility, 2017
American Institute of Architects, Northeast Illinois, Distinguished Building Award, 2014
American Institute of Architects, Chicago, Distinguished Building Award, 2014