Undertaken whilst working for Salmond Reed Architects in Auckland, New Zealand, this project entailed the design of a new enclosure for a historic chapel which had been stored in pieces in the crypt of the church for more than 80 years. It also entailed the replacement and relocation of the pipe organ, the redesign of several service based spaces within the church and attendance on various aspects of heritage repairs and maintenance throughout the church.The Chapel from the crossing (Simon Devitt Photography)
The specific aims of the project are to respect the heritage fabric of the chapel and the wider church, while allowing for the ongoing use of the space through significant improvements in spatial planning and service delivery. As Project Architect to the South Transept Development I worked with Senior Heritage Consultant, Peter Reed (formerly a founding Director of Salmond Reed Architects).The Chapel at night (Simon Devitt Photography)
The Chapel which formed the central component of the brief was salvaged from a significant Anglican missionary ship, the Southern Cross V, which was wrecked on a reef off the coast of Vanuatu. The beautifully carved English oak panelling that was salvaged from the ships chapel endured two further installations in churches in Auckland before the opportunity to reassemble the chapel was realised. The reassembly of the interior was undertaken with the aid of historic photographs, written accounts and forensic analysis of the surviving panelling. Working closely with the carpenters to reassemble the interior of the chapel we have been able to once more restore its original use in its original configuration.Detail of the onyx lantern over the chapel (Simon Devitt Photography)
I designed the exterior of the chapel, including the stone lantern, along with the adjacent kitchen and sacristy.
Careful detailing and close relationships with the craftsmen chosen, allowed for very small tolerances and exceptionally crafted timber and steel work.
The design of custom door hardware among other steel details were also part of the project and allowed for the design to be considered holistically. The custom detailing also extended to the design of the altar and deacon’s bench.Clay Nelson performing the communion service (Simon Devitt Photography)