Mary Mother of God

Oakville, Ontario


This new 1000 seat church was designed to address the scale and context of its surrounding residential location. The exterior of the building is of natural earth-toned materials and detailed in a style that recalls the architectural heritage of historic Oakville. The prominent bell tower or “axis mundi” anchors the church to its particular site and establishes a threshold between the sacred and the profane. Most dramatic at night, when lit from within, this tower serves as a beacon of Catholic presence to the surrounding neighbourhood.

The peaked roof soars over fifty feet above the floor and distinguishes the worship space from the support spaces. Punctuated with skylights to represent the “Oculus Dei”, it serves to emphasize the connection between the transcendent and the immanent presence of God.