St Cecilias Church


This church in Floreat park is astounding. A blinding example of expressionistic modernism developing in the country at the time. Undulating, and folding roof, and wall sections that fold, open and close and wobble around the perimeter of the structure. Yellow glass gives it a most magnificent glow on the interior, and the skylight slashed above the alter section provides the allusion to god and the heavens above as all good churches do. THis example is striking though, and extremely effective. It also uses an ingenious structural system behind the alter bit, with a ‘false’ wall with yards of glass behind it to add the most brilliant lighting for the stained glass, like it’s exploding forth from behind. Bad explanation, but you get the idea. One of my favourite bits is the very Niemeyer, brazilian moderne sculpture out the front. Really brilliant. And compliments the strucutre perfectly. oh! Raymond Jones 1958.


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