Bristol’s Modernist Architecture: Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul

The Roman Catholic Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul, Percy Thomas Partnership 1973.

We had the oportunity to attend a friend’s wedding at the Cathedral on Saturday and experience a full service with a live solo, classical guitar recital and a duet with piano as part of it. The Cathedral is designed to be used in this way and to maximise the acoustic potential of the space. The light is also very carefully controlled to create a focus on the altar and emphasise a light from above rather than through windows around the sides. The clarity of the light was splendid yesterday.

Pro Cathedral drawing

These drawings show the evolution of the design as a spiral movement towards the main focus on the altar. Taken from the 1973 guidebook to the Pro-Cathedral.

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