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The "Tin Cathedral" at St Augustine's church, Hammersmith

October 5, 2018

Our proposal is in reference to the “iron chapel” that originally housed the first Augustinian congregation whilst the new St Augustine’s church was being built. It was fondly referred to as the “Tin Cathedral”. These temporary places of worship were made of corrugated tin and once the church was completed they were often disassembled and then sent around the world to be reused.


Our proposal is a celebration of St Augustine’s Church that celebrated its 100 year anniversary last year and also the refurbishment that we have completed this year.

The project demonstrates this process in making for the refurbishment of the church, with the use of a fragment of a previous construction to the elements used in the recreation of the new interventions within the church. The galvanised steel shroud to the external wall is in reference to the original tabernacle. The timber frame depicts the interior of the church which we have revealed through our refurbishment. The interior re-uses the positive moulds from the castings of the Cast Iron ring and the new Cast Iron tabernacle to offer a temporary oratory for reflection and shelter from the outside world.


The pavilion and the church formed part of the London Design Festival 2018.




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