Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Year: In Progress
Client: Kerns Group Architects
Type: Religious Architecture, Research
In consultation with Kerns Group Architects, Studio Drum Collaborative is providing its services in the research process for the design and reconstruction of the Cathédrale Sainte-Trinité of Haiti.
Built in 1863, the Cathédrale Sainte-Trinité collapsed during the 2010 earthquake. It was renowned as a cultural landmark for its fourteen interior murals which were painted by some of the best-known Haitian painters of the twentieth century. The Smithsonian Institute has preserved three of these murals following the earthquake. In the new designs for the cathedral, the murals will be exhibited in a gallery accessible to the public. Worshippers will congregate for mass in an expansive central circular space bordered by perforated metal panels fabricated by Haitian artisans. Those metal panels will create an interesting play of light into the main sacred area of the cathedral.