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The Sisters of Mercy spiritual centre in Christchurch

The new spiritual centerpiece for Christchurch, Sisters of Mercy

The new spiritual centerpiece for Christchurch, Sisters of Mercy – “Te Manawa Atawhai Catherine McAuley Center” presents a rethinking of traditional sacred space, providing as much a place of retreat and learning as it is a chapel.

Designed by Hamish Shaw Architects, the Building was opened in December 2017 and has already gone on to win numerous awards, such as the WANZ / GANZ “Designing with Glass” Award and Canterbury Architecture Awards “Public Architecture” which is part of the NZ Institute of Architects Awards program.

Glassforce was contracted by the Architect and Project Manager to contribute to the design of the bent glass sanctuary garden, located at the center of the building, which provides an area for contemplation and prayer.

Glassforce went on to engage Glasshape® to perform a Digital Site Measure, whilst the building was under construction, from which Glasshape® manufactured 3m (9.84ft) tall constant radius bent glass panels, with varying bend radii for each panel, that on one side of the enclosure angle outwards in a conical fashion. The inclusion of bent sliding glass doors to provide access to the garden sanctuary added to the complexity of the project.

Glasshape® would like to congratulate both the Architect and Glassforce for completing such a thoughtful and highly complex, yet aesthetically simplistic and beautiful design.

See more at Glasshape New Zealand


Story by: Glasshape Ltd

Photography by: Glasshape

02 Jun, 2019

Glasshape, established in 1986, is a leading innovator, designer and manufacturer of curved, toughened and laminated specialty glass. Family owned and based in Auckland, New Zealand, Glasshape’s philosophy of growth through innovation, ingenuity and customer service sees it deliver best-in-class glazing solutions in a variety of categories, with notable success in marine, architectural (residential and commercial), high security and heavy machinery projects.


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