Reconciliation Rooms, St Teresa's Church

John McLaughlin Architects, Dublin, 2015


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Insertion of reconciliation rooms into the old sacristy of a listed church in Dublin.

This project was for the conversion of an old sacristy into two reconciliation rooms in a listed 18th century church in Dublin city centre.

The church is tightly integrated into the fabric of the main shopping district. The reconciliation rooms face a lively narrow pedestrian street so the challenge was to bring daylight into the rooms while insulating against the noise from buskers and shoppers outside.

To do this we refurbished the original round-headed sash windows and replaced the chunky secondary glazing with a light metal-framed system. The screen between the rooms and the waiting area is steel framed with transparent and opal glass inserts. The upper section of the screen is transparent allowing the original sacristy to read as a single space. The floor is a white marble terrazzo on a grey cement ground, and the walls and ceiling are finished in marmarino plaster to reflect as much natural light as possible.

There are latticed oak screens within the rooms which allow penitents to choose between an anonymous or a face to face encounter with the priest. Chairs and tables are handcrafted in matching oak.


  • Begun: Feb 2015
  • Completed: Apr 2015
  • Floor area: 262m2
  • Sector: Religious
  • Total cost: £60,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Jan 2015
  • Procurement: RIAI Short Form SF88
  • Address: St Teresa's Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin, D2, Ireland

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