AC Martin’s design for Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach was conceived to reinforce the worshipper’s experience. Through the development of layered spaces and light levels, noble and permanent materials, and a strong sense of procession, the parishioner is transported from the surrounding environment into a more reverent and spiritual space and experience.
The use of precast concrete and limestone imparts a sense of permanence for the building and the parish within the community. These materials, as well as the zinc-coated roof, will age gracefully and provide the parish with an elegant worship space for the next century. The plan and structure of the nave are designed to fulfill the newest liturgical requirements, including column-free seating areas, while creating an awe-inspiring space reminiscent of older European-style churches.
The layered structure surrounding the nave carefully trains daylight to focus attention at the altar, and provides a stained-glass ambience appropriate for Catholic worship. Site planning solutions involved creating a connection between the existing campus and Parish Hall through strong procession consisting of views to the new church and a well-defined, tree-lined path.
- 2013 Citation Award for Design Excellence
- AIA San Fernando Valley Chapter