Oratory of St. Francis Xavier

Location: Calamba, Laguna
GFA: 650 square meters
Completion date: 2013

 The Oratory of St. Francis Xavier is one of the buildings that comprise the Xavier School Nuvali in Laguna. From day one, the Oratory was envisioned to be the central, iconic structure in the campus. The completed Oratory was inspired by the image of St. Francis Xavier, the school’s patron saint, who is usually depicted holding a cross in one hand and a bell in the other. When seen from above, the plan echoes the shape of a rock. The walls lean inward, making a profile that is reminiscent ofAyer’s rock in Australia. The Oratory’s stained glass panels, designed by Carlos Tanseco (a Xavier School Alumnus), depict the life of St. Francis Xavier in 28 panels.