The sanctuary is at once contemporary and Gothic, traditional and yet open, airy, and light despite the monumental scale of the custom lighting and exposed woodwork.
The family of fixtures designed by DCAK-MSA Architecture for the Parish of Saint Joseph combines a contemporary Gothic design aesthetic with high-output lighting performance in energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamping. The gallery pendants that decorate the main sanctuary are nearly four feet in diameter; more than five feet high; and provide ambient lighting, uplighting, and downlighting. Bowl pendants, ceiling bowls, and flush sconces complete the family of custom lighting fixtures Crenshaw provided. Crenshaw developed custom paint finishes for the project, which were used throughout the building for finishing utility metalwork and other architectural details. The finished result is a sanctuary that is at once contemporary and Gothic, traditional yet open, airy, and light despite the monumental scale of the exposed woodwork and custom lighting. DCAK-MSA Architecture has proven once again how well they understand church design and lighting.