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Church of the Transfiguration

Church of the Transfiguration

RSP Architects Planners & Engineers
Punggol Central 1, Singapore
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David Phan

Church of the Transfiguration

RSP Architects Planners & Engineers as Architects

Centrally located at the heart of Punggol town within a 5mins walk from Punggol MRT, the community-friendly church serves an estimate 15,000 Catholics and will be one of the largest parishes in Singapore. The ground floor facing the main street (Punggol Central) opens out to a non-gated landscape plaza with seating which draws the public to stop and rest or simply to visit the compound. Supporting facilities like classrooms, offices and priest quarters are weaved into the building with pockets of tranquil landscaped prayer spaces interspersed on the 1st and 5th storey. Being a town with many young families, the church aims to provide ample child/family-friendly facilities such as nursing room, child protection seats at designated toilets and kids-friendly wash basin etc.

The design concept centres around the biblical scene of the Transfiguration. The accentuation of the building form and the arrival experience via the grand staircase up to the Main Sanctuary, aims to emulate the journey up to Mount Tabor. The overall massing of this 5-storey building finished in sandstone look-alike texture symbolizes the mountain and exudes the spirit of permanence. The theme of light is accentuated and expressed through the use of tall vertical windows laid out in a rhythmic manner that wraps round the building, with one feature elevation in white aluminium perforated motifs. The stained glass in the Main Sanctuary features Jesus in the centre with Moses & Elijah on the sides. This forms the centre piece of the space and draws the worshippers to reflect on the biblical scene and also to focus on the altar.

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