Client: Anglican Church of Australia
Date: Completed 2008
AMC were initially engaged by the Anglican Church in 2002 to prepare a masterplan for the future redevelopment of this very active church and included extensions to the worship centre, a new administration / meeting wing and new residential accommodation for the rector and short term visitors. The design concept for the extension sought to create a more attractive and inviting main entry to the church and included a new community hall, lounge area, meeting rooms, kitchen and ablutions. The design builds on a distinctly Australian interpretation of spirituality with the new extension avoiding a traditional ecclesiastical architectural language. Rather it finds its form through a 50m long curvilinear red-ochre wall which appears to grow out of the land, rising upwards to a high point, disguising the somewhat uninviting existing worship centre. As this wall changes shape it creates some spaces that feel intimate and private and others which are more open to the public. The project also included a prayer room attached to the existing worship centre which follows the same curvilinear form of the new administration / community hall building.