OUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
Timeless • Building • Principles
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"Tradition and progress complement each other" - Pope Pius XII
The principle of timelessness is at the core of all that we do. Spatially expressing the continuum of time provides for a sense of wholeness to our being. This is the role of all Catholic sacred architecture.
At once we stand within the deep waters of history while at the same time we look boldly into the future.
We choose to build out of solid, traditional materials; they last for hundreds of years, and you can feel the difference between a thick wall and a thin one. Our churches are built in the same enduring methods as older buildings. We prefer solid masonry construction and massive wooden beams because they feel good and stand the test of time.
Traditional architecture is the key to providing this sense of continuum and community. Traditional architecture binds together beauty and service in continuum with all our ancestors built before us.
WHAT IS TRADITION?
Pope Pius XII
Tradition is something very different from a simple attachment to a bygone past; it is the very opposite of a reaction mistrustful of all healthy progress. Etymologically, the word is synonymous with advancement and marching forward, synonymous but not identical. In fact, while progress indicates only a forward march, step by step, in search of an uncertain future, tradition also signifies a forward march, but a continuous march as well, a movement both brisk and tranquil, in accordance with the laws of life, escaping the distressing alternative “Si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait!” "O, if youth only knew... O, if old age only could..." ...
By virtue of tradition, the youth, enlightened and guided by the experience of the elders, moves forward with a surer step, and the elders can confidently pass on the plow to stronger hands, to continue the furrow already begun. As the word itself indicates, tradition is a gift handed down from one generation to another; it is the torch that one runner passes to the hands of the next at each relay, without the race slowing down or coming to a halt. Tradition and progress complement each other so harmoniously that, just as tradition without progress would be a contradiction in terms, so also progress without tradition would be a reckless enterprise, a leap into darkness.
Pius XII, Speech to the Roman Nobility and Patriarchate,
January 19, 1944, Discorsi e Radioessaggi, vol. 5, pp. 179-180.
CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGIES
While thoroughlyembracing tradition, we also seek to use the best technologies to help share and comunicate that vision with others.
“Significant architecture makes us experience ourselves as complete embodied and spiritual beings. in fact, this is the great function of all meaningful art.”
- JUHANI PALLASMAA
“There is one timeless way of building. It is a thousand years old, and the same today as it has ever been. The great traditional buildings of the past, the villages and tents and temples in which man feels at home, have always been made by people who were very close to the center of this way.”
- CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER