17/06/2013

AIA ARCHITECTURE AWARDS 2013 - WELLSPRING WINS THE HERITAGE ARCHITECTURE AWARD




















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Here's what the jury had to say:

"Wellspring Anglican Church is an outstanding demonstration of how the intersection and relationship between heritage and contemporary buildings can both enhance and clarify the visitor experience.
Navigating planning complexities, demanding heritage requirements and neighbourhood apprehension, the architects have skilfully fulfilled their client’s requirements with new elements, while reinvigorating the importance of the existing heritage-listed church and house. Of note is the careful and subservient manner in which new spaces are introduced between major existing buildings and the thoughtfulness with which the public courtyard unifies the whole. 

The involvement of a project artist adds a deeper layer to the understanding of place and parish. A moderate budget was intelligently employed to create articulated and inviting interior spaces, including the adept integration of the existing heritage-listed house to the main auditorium. A sense of connection to site, heritage and the broader context prevails throughout. Wellspring Anglican Church represents excellence in the interpretation of heritage; sympathetically displaying the opportunity for contemporary architecture to illuminate and make legible our historically significant buildings."