St. Thomas Aquinas ChurchCultural
|SIZE:||30,000 sq. ft.|
|OWNERS:||St. Thomas Aquinas Church|
|ARCHITECT:||CCBG Architects, Inc.|
|AWARDS:||2005 IES Illumination Award of Merit|
|2005 A|L Light & Architecture Design Awards Commendable Achievement Award|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© John Denker|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Paul Zaferiou|
This church fuses traditional Catholic themes with a regional, Southwestern vernacular. St. Thomas’s principles of grace and economy are recalled in clean, minimal forms and elegant detailing.
The dome’s interior is illuminated with a ring of fixtures, filling the volume with light and establishing a central visual focus. Vibrantly lit Stations of the Cross further define the structure, with backlighting creating a halo of light that floats the canvas panels away from the wall.
Delicate rings of halogen lights on low-voltage rail evoke a decorative interpretation of traditional, heavier cathedral chandeliers, without overwhelming the space’s light, airy proportions.
Overlapping layers of ambient light can be manipulated through a programmable dimming system to accommodate a wide range of uses. The intimate focus for youth group social events can shift smoothly to a grand sense of scale for weekly Mass.