At St. Jean Vianney a philosophy of simplicity in forms and materials exalts the integrity of this sacred space, designed in response to Vatican II doctrine. Devoid of excess ornamentation, the sanctuary’s central focus is the gathering experience. Honest expression of the materials and structure further emphasizes the spiritual nature of the space.
Light and nature actually function as design elements engaging the senses within the space. Natural light activates the worship space and encourages the communal relationship. Walls of windows actively invite nature into the sanctuary and afford an awareness of the sun, moon, rain, seasons and time.
The materials used are authentic and pure, without embellishment or distraction. Concrete, glass, wood and steel—carefully detailed and combined—create a canvas that acts as a background for the celebration of the liturgy. Natural light, playing on these materials, acts as an architectural element and makes the spiritual experience of the building even more profound.