Since being established, Holly Park Studio has developed a recognised expertise in the area of Liturgical Design, be it new built or the re-ordering of existing churches.
The designing of a Place of Worship is a complex exercise if its function and the influence it is expected to have on those using it are fully understood. The building should influence the spiritual experiences of those using it and as such, there is a greater care required in its design than may be necessary in other buildings.
When working with existing buildings the challenge faced is one of adapting buildings which were designed for a Christian Community which observed rather than participated.
The challenge is to involve the Community in the celebration of the Eucharist by bringing them closer to the centre of activity. While it is not always possible to do this physically, the improving and enhancing the setting of the celebration of the Eucharist and creating a visually stimulating Liturgy, can ensure that those attending cannot but become involved.
The priorities in any Liturgical Design should include the creation of:
• a Welcoming Entrance Area
• a successful gathering space with a clear visual link to the Sanctuary area.
• a good relationship between the Sacristy and the Sanctuary and the provision of a good working Sacristy.
• a good seating arrangement with well designed furnishings.
• a well appointed Sanctuary space with appropriate furnishings.
• a strong Baptistery area.
• a prayerful Reservation space.
• workable reconciliation spaces.
• appropriate and relevant shrine areas.
• a good heating and lighting installation.
More so than in most other building types work carried out on Church buildings must last and it is essential that the needs of future generations and the demands they will put on the Church are considered.