ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH & CHAPEL INTERIORS


The space is very uplifting…Every detail shows the amount of thought put into it…Everything is truly beautiful in both the Sanctuary, Chapel and throughout! "

Anthony Catalano, AIA

St. Thomas More Parish Building Committee, Chair

…delightfully restrained and understated."

Peter Oborn, RIBA

Royal Institute of British Architects
Vice-President International

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Facts + Figures

Client: Diocese of Venice In Florida
Address: 2506 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota, Florida
Completion Date: 2013
Construction Cost: $5.2 million
Project Size: 23,000 SF / 2,300 m2

Construction Manager: Willis Smith Construction
Structural Engineer: Wilson Structural Consultants
MEP + FP Engineer: Smith, Seckman, Reid, Inc.
Acoustics Consultant: Siebein Associates
Architect of Record: Cobrooke

Photography: Greg Wilson Photo
Ryan Gamma Photography
JNW Studios

Project Description

The interior design of this Church is intended to heighten and work with the architectural design. The overall color palette is calm and serene, with diffuse natural daylighting fully illuminating the spaces thanks to the wall and ceiling finishes. The points of focus are clear with the use of brass and natural finish European Beech wood panelling. Floor finishes are designed to be at the scale of the spaces and to naturally lead the eye to the liturgy. Certain pieces of salvaged etched exterior glass from the existing Church, that could now no longer be used in an exterior application as the building is now hurricane resistant, are creatively reused in the interior at important locations.

The interior design included sustainable design strategies for the air conditioning and lighting systems. Energy is recovered from the air that has already passed through the Worship Space and the interior lighting is largely LED fixtures.


Project Recognition

2014 AIA National IFRAA / Faith & Form INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD FOR RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE
2014 AIA Gulf Coast / Sarasota Magazine SPIRIT OF SARASOTA PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD
2014 AIA Gulf Coast DESIGN AWARD

2017 Public Architecture - Center for Architecture Sarasota exhibition
2015 AIA National Convention Exhibition, Atlanta
2013 Architecture Served - Curated Work From Leading Creatives on Behance

Sketches + Drawings