MONASTERY OF THE HOLY CROSS, ROSTREVOR

  • site located in an 'area of outstanding natural beauty' (AONB)
  • construction cost £1.7 million
  • completion 14 months
  • accommodates a community of 12 monks
  • includes guest accommodation, seminar room and separate oratory

The plan includes the traditional monastic elements of church, refectory, chapter room and cells and presents the church as the threshold between public and private. The interior of the church is inspired by a nearby knoll. Columns represent the trunks of trees and the ceiling design the canopy of leaves - a worship space at one with nature.