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New Life Anglican Church

A colourful and uplifting beacon of hope

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Sydney's rapid population growth demands housing but also the need for supporting community fabric. The New Life Church is woven into the heart of the townscape prominently positioned within a suburban street context, close to houses, schools and retail, right amongst the people. In an environment that encourages car use, New Life is a church to which you can walk or cycle.

Central to the design idea was the unification of the community under a navigation point marker. Rising on a crest, the floating multi-coloured glass tower is situated on a north-south axis along the main arrival avenue. Symbolically it brings together the mix of people of the new community and through form and materiality there is a dialogue of an ancient story with new meaning: the strength and permanency of deep reveal concrete blades, the transparency of space promoting connection, and the patina of the corten screen gently maturing.

The light-filled openness of the worship space and foyer reflects the social interaction of the church. The internal spaces seamlessly touch the outside through stacked glazed doors opening to the sun-drenched forecourt clearly showcasing church activities and creating a transparent connectedness with the suburb. The open transparent ideas support the key sustainability initiatives of harnessing natural light and ventilation. The result is an inviting space with a strength of connectedness throughout its context.

The design reflects a new evolution in church design where transparency and openness create a socially connected environment clearly communicating invitation and activation. It sets a new transparent tone for ecclesiastical worship centres. The design re-establishes the idea of a community focused church and evokes a sense of civic pride and ownership.

ArchitectureDiscipline
CommunitySector
Oran Park, NSWLocation
CompleteStatus
Anglican Church SydneyClient
Reitsma, Gallagher Jeffs, Demlakian Consulting EngineersCollaborators
$6mBudget
Discipline
Architecture
Sector
Community
Location
Oran Park, NSW
Status
Complete
Client
Anglican Church Sydney
Collaborators
Reitsma, Gallagher Jeffs, Demlakian Consulting Engineers
Budget
$6m
Andrew Duffin
Director - Design
Andrew Tripet
Principal, Sector Lead - Community
John Vasco
Associate, Community
Andrew Duffin
Director - Design
Andrew Tripet
Principal, Sector Lead - Community
John Vasco
Associate, Community

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Andrew Tripet

“Architecture is the manipulation of space, material, form, colour & light, to house all matter of human enterprise. Truly great architecture has the capacity to inspire, uplift and transcend human experience.”