St. Barnabas Church was rebuilt last year after a devastating fire. The architects - Sydney's Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp - were inspired by the work of another very well known architect for their design. Can you guess who?
The original church, which stood on the same spot on Broadway since the 19th century, originally had a decidedly traditional look to it.
|The first stone of this church was laid in 1858. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.|
Alas, in May of 2006, the church was completely gutted in a fire.
|Barney's, the morning after the fire. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia|
That clerestory in the form of a Cross in the facade, and how it translates into a Cross of Light in the front atrium, is reminiscent of Tadao Ando's Church of Light (see below).
|Church of Light by Tadao Ando. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia|
But move inside to the church hall itself and you see that we've quickly traveled from Japan to Denmark.
In what I suspect is a giant clin d'oeil to Jørn Utzon, the interior strongly resembles his Bagsværd Church, which was his first project after his return from Sydney after the Opera House debacle.
|Bagsværd Church by Jørn Utzon. Photo by SEIER & SEIER.|
Oh, and a nice touch is that those famous sign battles - including both the church's sayings AND the pub's responses - have been engraved into the glass of the gates around the new church for all to read.