After following this path some way toward the main road to Paris, they came to another iron gate which led to the principal facade
of the mysterious dwelling.
On the principal facade
, Sussex brick in a Flemish bond frames inlaid glazed terracotta, which recedes deeper still as a ribbed screen wall returns to form a generous sheltered porch.
The unsafe rear elevation was removed, along with internal walls and floors, so the new building sits partially enclosed by the massive stone carapace of the remaining principal facade
which has been cleaned of accumulated grime and restored.
Here, the rotation of the church, the hidden position of the principal facade
(and the purposeful geometrical misalignment with the projected siting of the future parochial school and priest's house), engender a contrast between the informal topographical structure of the surrounding city, and the more established patterns of an inherited monumental and symbolic language.
An external gallery access to all floors, linked by other, straight staircases, runs across the principal facade
, which faces east.
The building uses LED lighting with efficient controls, integrates high-efficiency thermal wheels, and uses variable speed pumping, while all principal facade
materials were sourced from the local area to accommodate the regional environment.
Previously having occupied the length of the urban block, all that remained of the 19th century former Turks' Barracks was a portion of the main entrance, which is now the Turkentor's principal facade
. (Access is, however, through a rear vestibule flanked by a pair of smaller entrances.)
The principal facade
reveals the operation of the building's section.
These triple-height planted window boxes transform the principal facade
into a glass greenhouse wall.
The form is essentially a response to the challenging topography - the difference in levels between a peripheral road and an adjoining park establishes the strong front-to-back configuration of the two principal facades
. The changes in level also mean that most of the bulky volume of the internal arena is absorbed underground.