Giving a contemporary look to a 2,000-year-old institution is a tough design brief. But it’s one that Sarah Scott Architects, of Wanaka, executed to widespread community approval in 2011. Creating an award winning Church that looks impressive day or night.

A key feature of the design was a roof that soars upwards and an encircling clerestory window that was a demanding brief for Design Windows Central Otago. This window, in the 40mm Seismic Suite, was faceted and, for much of its length, raking at both top and bottom. Each window was carefully manufactured on site, piece by piece, to ensure a precise fit. Design Windows, won a Window Association ‘Design Flair’ award for the church project. Installer Steve Sutton set up a workshop, including drop saw and trestles, on the roof of a church wing which allowed convenient access to the high level window for measuring and fitting. Window suites used included the Metro Series and 40mm range.

One feature of the windows installed at the lower level was the deletion of timber liners and the use of an adaptor to allow the wall’s plaster finish to be continued to the edge of the window frame.

The glazing, from Metro Glasstech, was in 24mm double glazed Argon-filled units. The builder for the project was Naylor Love Construction.


  • Altherm Metro Series
  • Altherm Commercial 40mm Window Series
  • Double glazed argon gas
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