Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Carmel, IN
Liturgical design services, clarifying and balancing verbal and visual design goals, aiding community outreach and support programs. New stone furnishings, art work and liturgical furnishings provided.
Rambusch had previously partnered with Scholer Corporation of Lafayette on the renovation of the Cathedral of St. Mary. The present commission was to assist a dedicated church community create a more supportive worship environment within their 1970s building.
After multiple meetings, Rambusch delivered designs to match the congregation’s goal vision, setting the final plans for the sanctuary enhancement. Original mosaic artwork reflecting the three key components of Roman Catholic worship was a key element of this work: the altar for Eucharist, the ambo for the Word, and the tabernacle for reservation of the Eucharist.
Rambusch created a new base for the existing Mensa to reflect and symbolize the centrality of the altar. Similarly, a new tabernacle stand was created to appropriately present the wonderful bronze and enamel tabernacle, which the community already possessed.
These new stone refinements were all keyed off the visual vocabulary already found in the existing ambo, so that the key liturgical actions of Eucharist, Word and Adoration would be united in their design details and material. The current lighting system could not meet the needs of the various liturgies and events within the space. As is often the case with open architecture of this era, congregational illumination was lacking.
Interactions with Parish groups served to finalize the lighting, which is a completely integrated system of Rambusch fixtures controlled by a multi-scene Lutron dimmer. The system now supports all the various liturgies within the space, and can be expanded to accomodate future needs.