The Church of St Barbara & the Holy Rosary, Krasnador

Project: New Catholic Church.

Location: Krasnodar, South Russia


Brief: 400 congregation Catholic Church with bell tower and adjoining residence.


This unusual project was for a traditional Catholic Church, located on a beautiful site in an open field beside a small lake.


The main design criteria was that the church could be seen from all angles, as a pure white, floating object in an open landscape - moving in the direction of the lake. 


The main interior space is a large open volume with random strip windows, creating varying lighting conditions at different times of the day, but without views out. 


The half-elliptical bell tower at the centre of the building sends a shaft of softened light into a semi-circular alcove as a backdrop to the altar.


Since its inauguration by the Papal Envoy in November 1999, the church has become a landmark in the city and its congregation has doubled.

    

Local Consultant: Goloverov Architects