Spiritual sanctuary : proposing a Catholic church in New Zealand in the post Vatican II era
Wilson, Caitlin Mary
Citation:Wilson, C. M. (2012). Spiritual sanctuary : proposing a Catholic church in New Zealand in the post Vatican II era. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10652/2083
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/2083
The design of churches is greatly influenced by the attitudes of the society for which they are built. Since the radical liturgical changes brought about as a result of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has been struggling to find a new architecture to better express its Mass. Contemporary church architecture must respond to the liturgical needs of the Church, while also evoking a sense of sacredness within the space, so as to enhance the unique spiritual experience of the Catholic Mass. To establish the needs of the Catholic community today, this project reviews: the history of church architecture, the contemporary Catholic liturgy, and architectural techniques which can be utilised to inspire a sense of the sacred within a space. The research element of the project finds that multi-room designs are the best expression for the modern liturgy, and establishes six architectural techniques which can be used to encourage a spiritual reaction to a space. The design presents a way of creating Catholic churches which is radically different to the design standards currently being achieved in New Zealand. It exemplifies the aims of the Second Vatican Council; it requires active engagement with, and breathes new life into the Mass. It represents a new architecture for a new generation of Catholics.