Ecclesiastical architecture has changed little in 2000 years. Christian churches of the first millennium adopted a basic cruciform plan with an intersecting nave (with entrance at one end and altar at the other) and transept (accommodating chapels). Whilst there has been some evolution, the basic planning arrangement has been retained. JMA’s recent work on several religious institutions is based on an innovative re- interpretation of this fundamentally Christian architecture. In most projects, the concept of a ‘nave’ and ‘transept’ has been retained but in a different and more abstract form and intended to serve modern functions and activities.
Conceptually all Worship Centres (unrelated to a particular faith) need to be imposing and designed to a scale that reinforces the concept of ‘openly greeting’ the community. The concept of ‘nave' and 'transept' are referenced as focal points in many of our concept designs and flexibility is an essential design consideration to ensure options for a multiplicity of uses.
JMA have completed projects for a number of denominations and organisations including The Salvation Army, St Pauls Anglican Church Boronia and Quang Minh Buddhist Temple, Sunshine. These projects consist of community functions for worship, counselling and activities as well as the administrative side with offices and workplace spaces including meeting rooms and staff facilities.
In particular JMA have developed a close relationship with The Salvation Army having completed a number of projects both alterations and new buildings around Victoria. This has contributed to steady growth in each location’s congregation as well as the significant role they play in the community addressing a broad range of issues and providing much needed youth activities.