St. Thomas More Church Renovation & Expansion
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    Taking their cue more from the spirit of the medieval church builders who frequently drastically enlarged their churches and cathedrals with exte… Read More
    Taking their cue more from the spirit of the medieval church builders who frequently drastically enlarged their churches and cathedrals with extended naves and new crossings within the continuum of a single evolving architectural language; the design team continued the existing modern architectural to delineate space that spoke to a historical continuity. The existing structure was reworked with great verve, cutting out a central slice of the existing building, digging out the ground for a sloped and fan shaped array of pews and doubling the size of the Worship Space to 1,400 seats below a trio of ceiling heights. Two are those of the existing Church and a new ceiling, sloping in two directions, is set in counterpoint to the existing volume. Together, they form a united and rather baroque composition that establishes a new central axis within a set of asymmetrical volumes and features. Outside, the Church is clearly identified as the predominant form on the large 22 acre campus with seamlessly added new facilities, entry narthex and bell tower. Read Less
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Project Credits:   ARCHITECTURE - INTERIORS - PLANNING & URBAN DESIGN in association with Cobrooke
Photography:     Greg Wilson Photo / JNW Studios