St. Bernard’s Church

St. Bernard’s Church is based around a circular plan and seats 950 people. It opened in 2003, following the destruction of the previous church building by arson.

Albert Fry Associated to design a curved structure that echoed developments in local and European church architecture. The roof is an offset cone chamfered to provide a roof light. Furthermore, a continuous horizontal roof light rings the cone at a lower level giving a halo effect at night when lit from inside.

The contemporary design makes use of traditional materials associated with Irish church architecture including stone walls and slate roofs.

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Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim


St. Mary’s on the Hill




Dempsey Architects

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