In terms of construction, form, space and illumination, the church is a tour de force. It is both majestic and yet beautifully plain, impressive and yet incredibly mystical. There is pure drama in the simple but dynamic marriage of curves, counter curves and vaults. Natural light is channelled through the openings in an unearthly way, transforming the interior into an intensely spiritual space. The simplicity of the forms is derived from a clear structural logic: a parabolic vault in exposed concrete – set using a very carefully constructed formwork – evokes both the archetypal forms of religious architecture and an emphatic modernity. The vault divides into arches as it comes into contact with the ground, generating two side naves that increase the width of the space.
Inside, the space where the high vault meets the upper part of the altar wall was intended to be filled with an abstract tableau representing the power of the truth. Instead, a huge, garish red cross formed by coloured glass was judged more `appropriate’. Furthermore, since the original lighting conditions restricted the use of video cameras during wedding ceremonies, the interior is now illuminated by a series of fussily opulent Venetian chandeliers.