2017 Wellington Architecture Awards
St Patrick's College Chapel, Silverstream (1977)
This rigorous and formal work is both dramatic and welcoming. The solidity of the chapel volume, imprinted with symbols, grounds the building while the extending arms of the external cloister and aisle embrace it. The considered control of movement and sightlines concludes in the chapel space, which is perfectly fit for the end of the journey. The figure of Christ floats on the windows behind the lectern and superimposes itself on the cross in the courtyard beyond. This a symphony of tightly thought out and dignified architecture that reflects the designer’s deep understanding of movement, liturgy and international works of similar calibre.