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St. Patricks Church

In 2002, we began to work with the St Patricks Parish on the journey of designing and procuring their new church. The brief was for a new building with echoes of the past that, as well as meeting liturgical requirements, was elegant, welcoming and provided a variety of spaces for the parish community. The complex required an uplifting and inspiring atmosphere in the main body of the church which is used for weekly mass and for large weekday services, with a smaller, more reflective space for the day chapel. Other gathering areas of various sizes allow parish groups to meet within the complex. The use of honed block and tiled floors create a feeling of solidity and grounding, while the intricate ceiling beautifully constructed of tasmanian oak and the pews in the same timber bring a feeling of warmth. The new foyer offers spaces for hospitality and social interaction before and after church services, out of the prevailing winds. The foyer provides a link between the refurbished church hall, the services areas and the new church. A light, neutral colour palette sets off the restored stations of the cross located between the block columns. The very heavy marble altar was salvaged from the old building, and the retained simple timber cross are the focus of the axis in main worship space. The new complex officially opened in February 2011.

 
Category
Public Architecture
Location
Auckland
Year
2011
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