This church is located in Holy Family Catholic School in Wanaka, New Zealand. Holy Family Catholic Church is designed by Condon Scott Architects with solid walls of plastered masonry and natural lighting on its interior. This church has the changing moods which are quietly present as a living backdrop to the service supported by its beautiful landscape.
The organic form of the building can allude to the mountains that surround it. Solid walls of plastered masonry come from the entry of the building, focusing on the semi-circular apse containing the altar and widening to embrace the congregation space before curving inwards. The roof has a floating leaf form that is inclined towards the altar and it rises skyward further.
The natural lighting ables to illuminate the interior of the church. This lighting enters the spaces of the church through the narrow glazed clerestory ribbon. This ribbon is widened as it progresses towards the sanctuary subtly shifting angles and it also emphasizes focus towards the altar of the church. On each side of the altar, the ribbon windows offer a stunning view of the surrounding mountains.
This church sits on a beautiful landscape that can support its appearance as a public building. Together with the design and structure, the building also has the changing moods that present as a living backdrop to the church service. This project is a combination where landscape and building can provide a comfortable and awesome place where people able to find serenity.
Holy Family Catholic Church Gallery
Photographers Karen Dennis and Tony Brunt