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Church of the Resurrection
Owner: Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
Area: 14,000 sf
The Catholic Church of the Resurrection is the culmination of over a decade of planning and design. The 14,000 SF church is entered through a pair of large wood paneled doors.
The narthex, separated from the main worship space by the immersion baptismal font, allows full view into the nave with its maple pews, radiused to form an amphitheater arrangement that seats 750. Four polished concrete columns support the roof allowing for a column free nave under the asymmetrical roof form. Floor to ceiling windows along the north wall to give access to the distant view, while the clerestory of windows along the south wall allows sunlight to filter into the space.
Finally, the building is wrapped in masonry, cedar board and batten, and stucco. These materials are used on the exterior to link the building to a northwest tradition of architecture. Ultimately, it's that connection to the Pacific Northwest that gives this structure a sense of timeless design.