John McAslan + Partners’ Catholic Cathedral in Kericho, Kenya, has scooped the top Civic Trust Award, the National Panel Special Awards, at a ceremony on 10th March. The practice’s Jumaa Mosque and Heritage House Museums in Doha also won a Civic Trust Award.
Aidan Potter, Design Director at John McAslan + Partners’, comments:
“We are delighted that our project has been singled out by the Civic Trust jury in this way – the Civic Trust Awards are highly respected and to receive their top award is incredibly gratifying.”
The Cathedral’s design creates a unique and sacred place for a congregation of 1,500 seated celebrants participating in the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Mass under one giant unifying roof. The strikingly inclined roof and its ascending interior volume – over 1,375 square metres in size – are the key characteristics behind its design. The architectural challenge was to ensure Kericho Cathedral embodied the Catholic liturgy and embraced its local congregation in a way that serves the Faith and the special qualities of its location and community.