Spiritual sanctuary : proposing a Catholic church in New Zealand in the post Vatican II era
Wilson, Caitlin Mary
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.