St. Francis Xavier New Parish Centre

Camrose, AB


Project Description

Location: Camrose, AB

The project combines traditional elements with contemporary planning concepts that highlight the role and aspiration of the congregation. A Parish Hall with full service commercial kitchen and administration offices are linked with the main Sanctuary though a central gallery that creates procession-like transition from the material to the spiritual. The Main Nave can host up to 650 with adjacent 360 capacity hall available for an overflow.

The natural stone, masonry blocks, cementitious boards, a combination of zinc and roof tiles seek longevity. The interior elements combine the warmth of a natural wood panelling with articulation of contrasting white walls and crafted ceilings that conceal contemporary steel structure. Adorned by liturgical elements preserved from other parishes the interior blends familiar with new and whimsical. Inviting the Parish to engage in the Liturgical, Educational and Social activities, the new church maintains its roots in tradition while providing contemporary context that reflects the growing and becoming more urbanized community of Camrose.