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Parish of Saint Matthew, Pacific Palisades
"Further, the schematic design would need to be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Parish. In four monthly workshops, member of the congregation collaborated with us on decisions from siting the building to determining its size, facilities, layout and budget. More than 200 parishioners participated in this process and the schematic design achieved an approval of 87% of the congregation. The workshops evolved as a forum in which diverging views were synthesized. Many parishioners wanted, for acoustic and liturgical reasons, a lofty symmetrical church with a minimum of glass and wood. Another group spoke for a more informal and rustic building with intimate seating, views to the old prayer garden, extensive use of wood and a close relationship with the benign outdoors of Southern California."