St. Therese of Lisieux

South Falls, SD

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Architecture Overview:

In their new church, the the members of this parish desired humility and simplicity reminiscent of the life of St. Therese—a life devoted in large part to prayer and conversation with God. Faithful to its namesake, the building is of humble stature and natural materials. The master plan reflects the concept of a cloistered convent, yet the strong visual axis with the Sioux Falls Cathedral reinforces connectedness to the outside world.On a hilltop overlooking Sioux Falls, the parish has built the first phase of its tribute to St. Therese, “the Little Flower.” From the church, the Sioux Falls Cathedral is visible on the horizon. The axis with the Cathedral became a major orgaqnizing principle for the floor plan. The view of the Cathedral from the gathering space is intended to reinforce the connectedness of parish and diocese and is a metaphor for the continuity of the Roman Catholic faith and community.

Interior Design Overview:

Liturgical Furnishings Design Overview:

Suggested by the theme of the little flower, as St. Therese is known, a bris soleil incorporating a rose trellis is designed as a sun screen and outdoor patio on the west side of the worship space. A rose in the shape of a cross marks each station within the worship space and much of the artwork and furniture design was completed by RDG around this motif of flowers, simplicity, and humility.

Strategic Facilities Planning Overview:

  • CLIENT: St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church
  • COMPLETE: March 2000
    • Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture - National AIA - Excellence in Design Award - 2002
    • IESNA Great Plains Section - Illumination Design Award - 2002
    • AIA Nebraska Chapter - Honor Award for New Construction - 2003
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