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Holy Rosary Church Complex / Trahan Architects

  • 01:00 - 27 July, 2009
Holy Rosary Church Complex / Trahan Architects
Holy Rosary Church Complex / Trahan Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Louisiana, United States
  • Architects

    Trahan Architects, APAC
  • Project Architect

    Victor F. “Trey” Trahan III, FAIA
  • Design Team

    Brad David, Kirk Edwards
  • Structural Engineer

    Schrenk & Peterson Consulting Engineers
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineer

    Apex Engineering Corporation
  • Builder

    Quality Design and Construction, Inc.
  • Area

    1586.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2004

From the architect. The design of the Holy Rosary Complex-comprised of an oratory, administrative building, and religious education building-for a rural Catholic Parish in South Louisiana, is an honest exploration of form, function, light and materials that results in an engaging and profound study in sacred space. Neither opulent nor austere, Holy Rosary Chapel presents a thoughtful meditation on sacred spaces and the spatial embodiment of spiritual experience.

The masterplan for the rural campus creates a strong sense of place and draws a distinction between the program's sacred and secular components. Secular components of the campus take form as linear or "edge" buildings-an administrative block, two linear classroom bars, a religious education building-which form the courtyard in which the oratory is located. The oratory, or chapel, is the focus of the otherwise orthogonal composition, but is itself skewed to further underscore its importance and to create a sense of expectation.

Working with a limited palette of poured-in-place concrete, plate glass and cast glass, the architects created a meditative environment that places a high importance on spatial characteristics and the play of light on these humble materials.

Design of the oratory stems from the concept of the womb-a universal, pure and sacred space. All six sides of the oratory cube sides are equal in size, color and texture. The result is an interior space that feels encompassing, protective and mysterious.

Light enters through a variety of openings carved from the wall thickness without revealing context or light source beyond. In addition to giving occupants a sense of orientation, the obscured presence of light is symbolic of the paschal mystery of Christ.

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Bob BIABD · October 12, 2012

Namaz Khaneh (Prayer Room) National Carpet Museum, Laleh Park, Tehran, Iran.
A tiny Moslem place of prayer aligned towards Mecca.
In Minimum by John Pawson. 1996 Phaidon Press Limited.

Bob BIABD · October 12, 2012

Namaz Khaneh (Prayer Room) National Carpet Museum, Laleh Park, Tehran, Iran.
A tiny Moslem place of prayer aligned towards Mecca.

In Minimum by John Pawson.© 1996 Phaidon Press Limited.

Duckitect · January 09, 2012

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Ivet Coronado · September 22, 2011

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Steve · January 29, 2011

The concept and design are superb! But I have visited this building, and it is nearly in disrepair, and the church no longer occupies some of the spaces because of leaks through the inset lighting fixtures. The intricate glass door on the Oratory has been replaced with a standard Aluminum Store Front Door, and most of the concrete is stained and moldy. Its really unfortunate.

Bob BIABD · October 12, 2012 07:18 PM
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Andrew Geber · October 01, 2009

great play with form and function

chris mccauley · August 07, 2009

IT'S SUBLIME. BUT THEN, I ALWAYS LOVE TADAO ANDO'S WORK.

Bob BIABD · October 12, 2012 07:28 PM

Namaz Khaneh (Prayer Room) National Carpet Museum, Laleh Park, Tehran, Iran.
A tiny Moslem place of prayer aligned towards Mecca.
Designed by Dibo and Parvin Pezeshki. More.
In Minimum by John Pawson.© 1996 Phaidon Press Limited.

Tuf-Pak · July 31, 2009

Really great. It's so hard to do good projects like this in the US... we need more of these.

Gosia Kung, AIA · July 30, 2009

this makes me belive in God

Frank Phelps · August 05, 2009 06:57 AM

:) me too. makes me want to go to church

StructureHub Blog · July 29, 2009

Unlike Trahan's Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame design, this design is magnificent - particularly the use of a lighter, cream-colored and rammed-earth-appearing concrete form, which softens the sun light and adds textural depth. The plan has much clarity, without being boring in the least, as well.

sullka · July 28, 2009

Beautiful project, I thought it was posted already here, maybe I was wrong.

Hard to believe is American, looks more like Spain minimalism, something Campo Baeza would do.

Lovely work.

rk · July 28, 2009

beautiful! the concrete reads like smooth travertine.

Lucas Gray · July 28, 2009

This is amazing. A true lesson in how simplicity can be so powerful.

public eye · July 28, 2009

I thought of writing something. But it would not matter. But then I couldn't help it cause I really like it.

Troy Lemieur · July 28, 2009

The drains used for the sinks are genius!

Wargo · July 28, 2009

Peace of mind

JK · July 27, 2009

My favorite sinks of all time.

tropicalismo360 · July 27, 2009

A masterful lesson in the use of concrete and glass.

Lucas Gray · July 28, 2009 12:39 PM

right on. A small material palette often leads to great design!

David Basulto [tricky] · July 28, 2009 12:50 AM

I agree :)

tchouah · July 27, 2009

Marvelus interpretation of a "cloitre"
Amen

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