ST. MATTHEW'S RC PARISH CHURCH
Surrey, BC
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Client
RC Archbishop of Vancouver

Completion
1995

Construction cost
$3.0 million

Total Area
18,000 ft2

Seating Capacity
1000

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The design concept for St. Matthew’s was inspired by the liturgy of the Catholic faith; a faith with a strong processional aspect and hierarchy of spaces.

The design emerges from the entry canopy to the narthex to the seating area to the altar. This axial progression is accentuated by the roof form, which consists of two main structural members running from above the church entry meeting, above the altar, in a crossing.

The contemporary design focuses on light colors: carpets in pastel shades, grey marble flooring on the altar, granite pulpit and baptismal fountain, and almost 1,900 square metres of pine paneling, on the enormous vaulted ceiling that measures 45 metres across and 19 metres high.

A bell tower/stained glass skylight floods the space with natural light. Artificial light is indirect, tucked inside a band around the base of the roof all the way around the worship area.

A patio area adjacent to the public area can be used for events in the summer, and can be decorated in the winter.

Exterior colors are neutral, with blue used for accent: the asphalt roof shingles, the window trims and the cross on the stained glass bell tower are all blue.

Including overflow areas, the church can hold 1,000 worshippers, making it one of the largest Catholic churches in BC.