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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption

From political and socio-economic conflict, to a seemingly endless assault from Mother Nature, the people of Haiti have endured a past that would test the resolve of any culture. Over its long history, this proud nation has been tested time and again, proving that against all adversity, the human spirit can overcome. This cultural strength became the inspiration in the Woven Tree proposal for a new Cathedral. The tree, symbolic of the nation’s hope and perseverance, is often expressed in its art. This emblem of the human spirit became the catalyst, shifting from the traditional archetypal style of cathedrals to one that resonates with Haitian culture and tradition. The symbolic tree form is abstracted into a canopy shelter, capturing the spirit of its iconic image.

 
 
 
 
“A poetic use of material.”

- Jury / Faith & Form Award
 
 
 
The tree, symbolic of the people of Haiti’s hope and perseverance, became the inspiration for the cathedral design. Believing that the new place of worship should be one with the traditions of Haitian culture, Moto began abstracting the symbolic tree form into a vaulting canopy shelter.
 
 
The construction is made of simple, but proven, bamboo to weave an elaborate and delicate canopy under which the community can gather and worship.