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All Saints Episcopal Church, Bentonville, Arkansas
All Saints Episcopal Church, Bentonville, Arkansas
All Saints Episcopal Church, Bentonville, Arkansas
All Saints Episcopal Church, Bentonville, Arkansas
All Saints Episcopal Church, Bentonville, Arkansas
All Saints Episcopal Church, Bentonville, Arkansas
All Saints Episcopal Church, Bentonville, Arkansas
All Saints Episcopal Church, Bentonville, Arkansas

All Saints Episcopal Church

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Project Information:

Bentonville, Arkansas

Design Development

All Saints’ readily adapts to its difficult site by transforming the parti of a traditional basilica and the nuanced liturgy of the Episcopal Church.  Significant constraints and steep topography on site result in a small triangular footprint that informs and influences the form of the church.

The scale is adjusted to provide an iconic figure towards the busy highway to the north and a pedestrian scale with a generous entry porch facing the residential neighborhood to the south.  Confined by the requirements of parking, access, and topography, the landscape is internalized in a triangular courtyard flanked by the primary circulation routes; a modern cloister.  At the apex of the courtyard is the narthex, a place of response before entering the sanctuary, lit from above with a ribbon skylight calibrated to deliver a threshold of light on Sunday mornings. To connect to the larger artistic community centered around the nearby Crystal Bridges Museum of American, spaces for the incorporation and display of art are included throughout the church.

As the form projects from the hillside, expansive views of the Ozark hills nearby are revealed, but face east and west so a continuous veil of white perforated aluminum panels wraps the exterior to control the daytime sun, and is then backlit to become a beacon at night.  The chapel and auricle located within the apex point of the triangular form is accessible from within, but also from the trail system nearby as a wayfarer chapel, further connecting the church to the community.

Structural: Engineering Consultants, Inc.
Mechanical/Plumbing: Buro Happold Engineering
Civil: CEI, Inc.
Landscape: Crafton Tull Sparks
Lighting: Buro Happold Engineering
Acoustics: Dr. Tahar Messadi
Geotechnical Engineer: GTS, Inc.
Contractor: Flintco LLC


Project Awards:

Arkansas AIA Citation Award

Thaden Reels exterior photo of it's angular modern structure at night

Thaden Reels

Lamplighter School Innovation Lab exterior photo at night

Lamplighter School

Marlon Blackwell Architects Lamplighter Barn

Lamplighter Barn

The restaurant space showing a beautiful mix of materials of concrete masonry units and plywood

COOP Ramen

Eleven Servery

Eleven Servery

Shelby Farms Park Visitor Center seen at sunset featuring a large overhanging 'front porch' overlooking fresh-cut grass

Shelby Farms Park Visitor Center

Harvey Pediatric Clinic red metal and glass profile shot looking across parking spots

Harvey Pediatric Clinic

Shelby Farms Park seen beyond a field of wildflowers across the lake in the summer heat

Shelby Farms Park Restaurant and Event Center

A view from the dock looking back at the Boathouse as people walk by

Shelby Farms Park Structures

Exterior photograph of a Flyrite location with two people sitting at a table


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Steven L. Anderson Design Center

The church exterior seen at night, made of a box rib metal panel and red cross that shines from the top of a tower

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The low-slung form of the pavilion, bathed in dappled light, hovering above the forest floor, acts as an apparition in the woods

Indianapolis Museum of Art Visitors Pavilion

Montessori Elementary entrance at night

Montessori Elementary

Keenan Tower House lit up at night as it towers over trees in the forest

Keenan TowerHouse

Exterior shot of the glass window walls and metal structure seen at sundown

Fayetteville High School

Blessings Golf Clubhouse seen at dusk lit from inside looking over the cut grass

Blessings Golf Course

Montessori Primary, Fayetteville, Arkansas (2014)

Montessori Primary

A wooden floors, walls, and ceilings look out through glass at the concrete museum

Crystal Bridges Museum Store

The building's exterior lit from inside at dusk during a rainstorm

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Interior airy wooden seating area below second flow overlooks with white ceiling and natural lighting

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The exterior shows red stucco that spans the length of the gym with large blue volume, clad in a prefinished box rib panel

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A view of the buildings beautiful white exoskeleton and night with lights shining from inside

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The Fulbright Building

The Fulbright Building

Moore HoneyHouse lit from inside at night with glowing jars of honey shining brightly through the glass

Moore HoneyHouse