This addition and renovation project for a 1991 church building is an exercise in transforming a centralized plan layout that negates traditional liturgical orientation into a more suitable place for Catholic worship. The project includes a new Adoration Chapel communicating with a two-sided Tabernacle placed on axis behind the Altar of Sacrifice in the Sanctuary, and a re-facing of the existing interior with iconography rooted in the Church’s sacred art heritage. In seeking to fulfill rather than fight the existing Modern architecture of the building, the design intervention has been envisioned as a modern version of Romanesque precedents – drawing strongly from the primitive forms of early Irish and Italian medieval architecture.
Read more and check out the detailed images at this link.
I’m reminded of something Fr. George Rutler once said. “You want to know if a church is beautiful? Ask a bride. If brides want to be married there, it’s a truly beautiful, artistically successful church.”
On a hunch, I’d wager more brides probably would choose to be married in the renovated church than in the original.
Meanwhile: take two minutes to watch this amazing time lapse video of the renovation: