The Church of St Barbara & the Holy Rosary, Krasnador
Project: New Catholic Church.
Location: Krasnodar, South Russia
Brief: 400 congregation Catholic Church with bell tower and adjoining residence.
This unusual project was for a traditional Catholic Church, located on a beautiful site in an open field beside a small lake.
The main design criteria was that the church could be seen from all angles, as a pure white, floating object in an open landscape - moving in the direction of the lake.
The main interior space is a large open volume with random strip windows, creating varying lighting conditions at different times of the day, but without views out.
The half-elliptical bell tower at the centre of the building sends a shaft of softened light into a semi-circular alcove as a backdrop to the altar.
Since its inauguration by the Papal Envoy in November 1999, the church has become a landmark in the city and its congregation has doubled.
Local Consultant: Goloverov Architects