Seraphim Danckaert is Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. He holds an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
The BBC just published a video and brief article about c’s design for the St. Nicholas National Shrine, a Greek Orthodox church currently under construction at Ground Zero in Manhattan. The article begins:
Many Orthodox believers around the world celebrate Christmas today. The Orthodox Greek community in downtown Manhattan, New York, has another reason to celebrate, as the reconstruction of the church of Saint Nicholas at Ground Zero finally started last month.
After 13 years of negotiations with the region’s Port Authority, work has begun on the Greek Orthodox church that will be the only non-secular building at Ground Zero. Many believe it will become one of the most visited churches in the US. It is planned to be completed by Easter 2017.
Below is the interview with Mr. Calatrava. In the video, you can see preliminary renderings of the church, and listen to Calatrava explain his creative process.