A case study from a piece on church design featured in Manplan 5: Religion
Manplan 5 was originally published in March 1970, and was republished online in May 2016. Read the full piece on church design here
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The plan of St.Margaret’s Roman Catholic church, Twickenham (architects Williams and Winkley) was much influenced by a study of how people enter and leave a church. They enter as individuals, by ones and twos; but they leave us a community. To fasten on to this community aspect, the architect placed the social space (‘Narthex’) adjancent to one side of the Mass room, separated by 30ft wide alectrically-operated doors. When Mass is over, the doors are opened and the congregation, faced with the option of the 7 ft wide exit to outdoors, tends to move en bloc into the social space where (as we shall see) much awaits them.
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