In order to fulfill their goals and need while remaining on their current site, the Antiochian parish of St. Andrew desired a new temple immersed in and radiating the venerable tradition of Orthodoxy.
An inclusive fusion of various ancient Orthodox churches, in particular the Vatopedi Monastery at Mount Athos, inspires the new temple on a visible site adjacent to UC Riverside.
Architecturally, this traditional form is characterized in plan by a dome set within a square with a series spaces reinforcing the cruciform shape of the church. The dominant features of this church are therefore the seven distinctive domes.
The mix of the light-filled Byzantine Central Dome and four Supporting Domes, Conical Dome above the Chapel, and Romanian Pyramidal Dome above the Baptistery reinforce the proclamation, often attributed to Syrian theologians, that the dome’s volumetric circular geometry symbolizes heaven, eternity and the compassion and inclusiveness of God’s unceasing love while distributing God’s light and grace to the interior of the Church.
The site plan also contains provisions for expanded parking, a future 2-story support building and a convenient drop-off directly in front of the temple revolving around an Athonite phiali. As a modification of the fountain tradition, the phiali is a large basin of sanctified water surrounded by columns and surmounted by a dome expanding the liturgical flow outdoors. Symbolically inclusive and open to all, the phiali shows that the church exists not to remain closed up inside but to flow out into the world and transform it.