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st cecilia’s church

The St. Cecilia Church in Floreat was designed by Raymond Jones in 1961 capturing the progressive momentum of the Catholic Churches embracement of modernism . By 2003 the facilities reached a point of fatigue, layers of added services, technology and requirements for additional storage corrupted the intent of the original design and focus on the alter.

iph architects with Dr Stephen Neille commenced by cleansing the space, refocusing attention to the alter. New materials were introduced; materials that speak of tradition and the Mediterranean, marble floors, a bronze baptismal font, and a sense of tactility with glass faced cement render and black steel elements that collectively support and celebrate the rituals of the church.

One must seek out the new elements, time stands still as one contemplates the space around them.