BCDM Architects designed this gorgeous catholic shrine, built in the rolling prairies of Gretna, Nebraska. More.
The building is a shrine, different from a church in that it is intended for private worship and religious self-discovery instead of large, public masses. In the architects' words, "The purpose of the shrine is to provide an opportunity for people to develop and discover the Catholic faith." The design consists of 3 elements, an 'entry portal,' the main chapel & a path between. "Upon entry to the site, visitors experience a natural prairie setting. Once inside the entry portal, the visitor is drawn to a central, tomb-like room naturally lit by a large light opening in the roof. In the center of the room is a pool of water, the source of which is dripping from a metal sculpture symbolic of the Holy Spirit... The chapel structure itself is 45' at its highest point, made of arching members of wood and steel... With an open view fo the prairie and the river valley beyond, this image appears like spirits in heaven."