This rural campus features simple volumes rising out the flat Louisiana landscape to create a strong sense of place. The design presents the spatial embodiment of spiritual experience.
A meditative environment is created through balanced spatial relationships; a limited palette of cast-in-place concrete, plate glass and cast glass – and the play of light on these humble materials – create a meditative environment of balanced spatial relationships. Apertures carved from the wall thickness channel beams of natural light across the spaces – yet the source of the beams is obscured, symbolic of the Paschal Mystery of Christ.
St Amant, Louisiana
Trey Trahan, Kirk Edwards, Jason Hargrave, Lisa Hargrave, Michael Monceaux, Brad McWhirter
Partners | Collaborators
Schrenk & Peterson Consulting Engineers, Apex Engineering Corporation, Lauren Bombet Interiors, John Lewis Glass
National AIA, Honor Award for Architecture, 2005
AR Awards for Emerging Architecture, 2005
American Architecture Prize, The Chicago Athenaeum, 2005
Fondazione Frate Sole, International Award for Sacred Architecture, 2004
Trahan Architects’ architectural designs demonstrate the exceptional sensibility characteristic of a distinct voice… Honored for its use of light and material to form poetic ecumenical spaces, Trahan Architects’ architecture and masterplan for Holy Rosary Church located in St. Amant, Louisiana, powerfully negotiates between the spiritual experience and the natural setting.
Secular components of the campus occupy the edges and frame a courtyard – the sacred space in which the oratory is located. The oratory, or chapel, is skewed to create a sense of expectation and further underscore its importance. The oratory is a cube with all sides equal in size, color and texture, resulting in an interior space that feels pure, encompassing, protective and mysterious.
Neither opulent nor austere, Holy Rosary Chapel presents a thoughtful meditation on sacred spaces and the spatial embodiment of spiritual experience.