St. Louis, MO

2012 Q1



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Vinci On-Site Modeling

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Baptistery Renovation

Holy service taps us on the shoulders, an opportunity to serve God and His people. A by-product of service is the opportunity to sharpen or at minimum, exercise or demonstrate skills. The baptistery at my parish sits near a set of angular stairs. Father plans to move the baptistery into an area currently occupied by several rows of pews. Click here to skip to the menu of drawings.

There are five options, variations on the pastor’s requested riverine theme. The existing condition at the church includes stately marble and a geometry based on square diagonals (45° angles). Mike stylized Father Samson’s river concept so that it fit within the established material and geometric vocabulary of the present church. Mike borrowed the configuration of cross-windows on a nearby door, complete with its filleted corners, to serve as “waterways” on the floor. Materials draw from the present floor, with flooring to match the current retail-available nonslip flooring as closely as possible, so as to avoid clashing with the existing condition. Mike included special elements sparingly to add interest and celebrate baptism. The intent is to move the baptistery to its new home and have the floor exposed by the removal of pews have an appearance that economically meshes with finishes already in the church. (Note: Mike De Vlieger’s / Vinci LLC’s illustrations and models are not intended to serve as construction documents, but as communications tools for the presentation of concept to stakeholders).

Vinci LLC’s Mike De Vlieger is a Missouri-registered architect who has years of experience taking field measurements, converting sketches into professional record drawings. In this application, Mike measured the worksite and modeled it partially on site and partially at Mike’s studio nearby. The model is superior to a rendering because it can be manipulated dynamically in front of an audience. A model is flexible and can’t easily be made to misrepresent reality so long as the scale and measurements are as accurate as practical.

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Renovation Overview

A view of the renovation from the Pastor’s seat during Liturgy of the Word

Finish Options Overview

This page shows the existing condition and each of 5 renovation options

Option 1

The first of five options, alternating with existing condition for comparison

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Option 2

The second of five options, alternating with existing condition for comparison

Option 3

The third of five options, preferred by the pastor, alternating with existing condition for comparison

Option 4

The fourth of five options, alternating with existing condition for comparison

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Option 5

The last of five options, alternating with existing condition for comparison

Overhead View

A view of the renovation options from above, showing relation to nearby pews

View from Southeast Entry

A view of the renovation area from the narthex entry

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Model Scope

A static view illustrating how much of the church interior was measured and modeled

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Existing Condition Validation

Vinci LLC's careful measurements and inferred geometry and proportions match the actual conditions rather well!

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Model Detail

Sample of detail in the St. Gabriel Archangel model

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Existing Condition Validation

SketchUp is free to all, but in the hands of a thoughtful and skilled architect, it can capture existing conditions rather faithfully


This page last modified Thursday 24 May 2012.