Holy Family Catholic Church

Project Type

Public Building


Wanaka - Holy Family Catholic School

Project Press & Awards


  • Winner of an NZIA Southern Region Public Architecture Award 2011
  • Winner of a National Award for the NZ Window Association 2011



Project Detail

The building’s organic form alludes to the mountains that surround it. Solid walls of plastered masonry sweep from the entry, widening to embrace the congregation space before curving inwards and focusing on the semi circular apse containing the altar. The floating leaf form of the roof is inclined towards the altar rises skyward further emphasizing attention in this direction.

 The interior is illuminated by natural lighting that enters through a narrow glazed clerestory ribbon that widens as it progresses towards the sanctuary subtly shifting angles to emphasise focus towards the altar. The ribbon windows each side of the altar offer the faithful a view of the surrounding mountains. The landscape and its changing moods are quietly present as a living backdrop to the service.

Photographer: Graham Warman, Tony Brunt

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