A Floating Church Is Coming to London

published Dec 10, 2017
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(Image credit: Denizen Works)

Thinking of a lame excuse for skipping out on church will soon become a little more challenging, at least for worshippers in London. When a floating church hits the city’s canals, there’ll be no reason to blame a traffic jam for a missed Sunday sermon because the structure will literally move about the water from location to location, making the services easily accessible to more citizens.

Earlier this year, UK firm Denizen Works won the Diocese of London commission to bring this contemporary nautical design to life, undoubtedly strengthening the city’s reputation as the world’s greatest. (FYI, floating structures = automatic cool points).

We are a bit curious about how this floating church will function. For example, will parishioners have to flag it down like a taxi and hop in the first available pew or will it run on a schedule? According to Denizen Works, the church’s canal route will include scheduled stops at “key regeneration sites” for mooring. In addition to serving as a mobile place of worship, the floating church will also accommodate community activities for parents and children, such as yoga, art classes, live music events, book clubs, exhibitions and more.

(Image credit: Denizen Works)

The structure’s exterior is fittingly modeled after a set of church organ bellows. Its flexible roof canopies will remain in a compact position while the vessel navigates the canal to allow it to safely pass underneath bridges. When the church arrives at an anchoring point, the canopies will expand, instantly transforming the space into an inviting community hub.

The firm and its collaborators Turks Boat Builders are set to begin construction in March 2018 with an anticipated completion date of December 2018. In the meantime, let’s hope that this architectural theme catches on (grocery store designers, we’re looking at you).