17/06/2013

AIA ARCHITECTURE AWARDS 2013 - WELLSPRING WINS THE PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE AWARD






















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Here's what the jury thought:


"Wellspring Anglican Church exemplifies it's public purpose by revitalising the suburban church site as a place of gathering for worshippers and the broader community. An involved planning process, including consideration of neighbouring amenity and incorporation of heritage consultant recommendations, has resulted in a redevelopment that both preserves and invites the public to enjoy and understand the parish as a place for all people, while augmenting the existing heritage architecture with sensitivity and invention.

A newly defined entry and linkage foyer, combined with a warm and well-detailed interior to the auditorium as the ‘heart’, creates an informal and welcoming experience. The insertion of this new 300-seat auditorium into what is essentially a residential context is adeptly executed.

The architects’ intelligent approach to the integration of an artist’s work throughout the buildings and courtyard promotes a meaningful experience for the visitor. With a challenging program, Wellspring Anglican Church goes beyond its brief to realise a unified place of congregation and inclusion for the Anglican Church and extended community."