2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards Winner
All Souls Anglican Church
The simplicity of the monochromatic form gives the architecture its power to command its corner site. Rising towards busy Papanui Road in one long, elegant monopitch, the white church beckons pedestrians down the residential side street towards the main entry marked by the central chapel – a vertical cone sitting alongside the tapering, horizontal form. The understated north-facing plaza at the main entry affords glimpses through the building to beautiful garden spaces, inviting passers-by as well as the church community to linger, connect and participate. Creatively rehoused, the original stained-glass windows, recovered from St. Mary’s and St. Matthew’s churches, are brought together and arranged around the glazed sides of the tapering chapel cone. This intimate space is a wonderful place for contemplation.