Saint Stephen’s Church
The sound of cascading water greets visitors as they enter the main courtyard at St. Stephens Church in Belvedere, California. Many outdoor events are held here, as the space accommodates parish members and visitors to the Church and Parish Hall. MPA designed the church’s outdoor spaces to serve multiple functions, including social gathering spaces and a peaceful memorial space.
With input from MPA, project architects designed Parish Hall as a three-story structure to retain the neighbors’ view of the Belvedere Lagoon and Tiburon Hills. The former rectangular parking area was redesigned as a curvilinear landscape and now looks more like a plaza and garden. The church’s main parking lot is across from the church to preserve the surrounding view. Plantings include drought tolerant natives and species suited to the local, Mediterranean climate.
- Date : 2005
- Reference : Jim Goring, President
- Status : Completed
- Location : Belvedere CA