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A few words to church builders: Threshold

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posted on 2021-11-14, 11:07 authored by Dombroski, Gerard

Throughout history churches have been concerned with the sharing of the gospel to those who do not know of the salvation received through Jesus Christ. Through history many churches have innovated liturgical operation using relevant language to reach as many souls as possible.  In this thesis the proposed design of a Pentecostal Church departs from traditional Church architectural forms to externalise the building as to reflect the church’s theological standpoint and focus: to be secular attentive. Traditional Christian Churches are designed to fully enclose the gathering of worshipers. This idea is challenged through this thesis by the theological standpoint of the Arise church, the principal client of the design work of this thesis. Form, envelope, materiality and programme will resolve an architecture specific to arise church.  This discussion is between the secular and sacred, focused through the design of permeable threshold, seeking to enable a dialogue from the church to the secular and the secular to the church.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Architecture (Professional)

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970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design

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Campays, Philippe