Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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The architect has fifty-one years of experience. That begs the question, what was he experiencing? If one looks at the plans at a larger scale then it is evident that no thought whatsoever has been given to the meeting of the new lturgy stage and the remaining mosaics. The geometry is simply severed, as if overidden my his ‘intervention’. But that’s not a surprise. Exactly the same thing can be seen at the same ‘conflict point’ between old and new in the Milanese duomo mentioned already on the thread.
This explicit similarity with Cobh is even seen in the asymetrical treatment of the cancelli balustrade, ananlogous to the rails in St C’s. C O’N has the entrance to one of the side chapels entirely blocked by a bit of chopped up rail. This is evident in the larger scale drawings, which the hapless planning officer called the finest planning drawings he’d ever seen. In Milan there are 3 No bays of rail/cancelli on one side of the sanctuary and 2 or 1 No on the other side.
For Cobh, only the finest architectural precedents will do.