A new multi-faith centre for worship and contemplation, created within the shell of an existing 1960s United Reformed church, Lumen offers an open invitation to people of all faiths. The 1960s church replaced an older church, which was bombed during the Second World War, and backs on to an ancient burial ground for the people of Bloomsbury, now called St. George’s Gardens. There are 3 main elements to the redesign: a café clearly visible from the street through a dramatic 8m high window, a new sacred space for contemplation within the main body of the church and a new extension housing 3 community spaces.The Shaft of Light is central to the design. The spectacular conical, shell-like space, reaches through the full 11m height to a single roof-light. In addition, a tranquil garden at the rear offers a contemporary interpretation of a cloister, with slender brushed stainless steel columns supporting an arcade around a central courtyard planted with herbs and silver birch trees.