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A Profound and Minimalist Church in Louisiana

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This subtle and lovely minimalist sink is not where you might expect it.

In a complex of church buildings in a rural Catholic Parish in South Louisiana designed by Trahan Architects, this is a part of the new Holy Rosary Church.

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The almost angelic peace of these buildings struck me.

These are intensely modern and minimalist – and yet with the medieval quality of cloisters.

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The sober sight lines suggest the architecture portrayed by medieval artists like Fra Angelico, yet these structures are also modern and minimal.

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The architect develops a meditative environment using the limited palette of light colored concrete with plate glass.

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These minimalist surfaces draw attention to the play of light on these humble materials.

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The complex includes an administrative block, two linear classroom bars, a religious education building.

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The buildings form the courtyard in which the oratory is located.

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The oratory, or chapel, is the focus of the otherwise orthogonal composition, but is itself skewed to further underscore its importance and to create a sense of expectation.

Light enters through a variety of openings carved from the wall thickness without revealing context or light source beyond.

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Cast glass detailing offers a relief from the very restricted palette of poured-in-place concrete with plate glass.

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In the humblest details, the obscured presence of light is symbolic of the paschal mystery of Christ.

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Neither opulent nor austere, Holy Rosary Chapel presents a thoughtful meditation on sacred spaces and the spatial embodiment of spiritual experience.

The quite extraordinary result is an engaging and profound study in sacred space.

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