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Pompton Plains, New Jersey


The design of the new 530 seat church for Our Lady of Good Counsel is an example of evolving a traditional church form into something current and extraordinary through the manipulation of interior volumes, materials and detailing.

The façade of the building is a unique brick blend with intricate design details throughout, including cast stone components. The clerestory spaces above the narthex and the bell tower are clad with field-formed metal diamond-shaped panels and standing seam roofs.

The brick work is carried into the interior of the worship space where it meets a rich combination of woodwork and porcelain tile. Six large dormers flank the main axis of the roof and worship space, with suspended wood ceilings, wood beams, and a wood and glass wall with up-lighting. There is an interplay of light and dark elements throughout the building that brings the space to life.

The building includes a daily chapel that can be used for overflow seating, a niche for the blessed sacrament, and numerous architect-designed liturgical furnishings.

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