PLACES FOR WORSHIP. ENVIRONMENTS WHICH BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
NEWLIFE ANGLICAN CHURCH OR A N PA RK , NS W
The NewLife Anglican Church in Oran Park Town was recently completed and opened on 2 May 2015. NewLife Church is set in a location easily accessible by walking or cycling and offers a transparent and open design.
“An inviting and welcoming space that extends to the community; the glass tower a beacon on the hill”
The design was based around a community-focused church and included an inviting forecourt, transparent worship centre, and a colourful cross-structured tower. Set in the forecourt is the dynamic 20 metre-high coloured glass tower. Symbollically, the tower’s many colours represent the mix of people forming this new community, a symbol of identity for Oran Park Town.
The church interior is an open and sunlit space with visual connection to the outside. The foyer and auditorium are open and exposed allowing the sun to infiltrate and offering a direct view to the internal activities. The orientation of the worship space to the platform is a landscape format to allow the congregation to be in closer proximity to the worship leaders. The interior spaces seamlessly flow to the exterior through vast, transparent doors, creating a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor space. The forecourt isunfenced and extends to the kerb line giving a sense of community ownership. The result is an inviting and welcoming space that extends to the community; the glass tower a beacon on the hill.
GRACE CITY CHURCH GRE E N S QUA RE , NS W
â€œAn urban church that would be welcoming, transparent, engaged and connected with an urban population.â€? 6
The inner city area of Green Square has regenerated from warehousing to high density residential. Along with the population pressure has come the need for social and community focus. With this backdrop, only 18 months ago, there came the drive to establish an urban church that would be welcoming, transparent, engaged and connected with an urban population. Within that time, the team at NBRS partnered with Grace City Church to create a design on paper from the dream, a DA lodged and approved, detailed designs, and construction a reality. Reitsma Construction has just completed the building work.
EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH GL E N WO OD, NS W
A congregation with an outdated 70’s building approached NBRSARCHITECTURE to design a new complex that would not only increase the capacity of the auditorium but also provide expanded facilities for the different groups within its community. The Central concept was to accommodate varying spaces that span off the main 600 seat auditorium. To the east is an Atrium break out space lit from above with a large skylight connecting to the Main Kitchen. The Main Kitchen is central in serving both the Fellowship Room and the Childrens Room. Both spaces have a direct relationship to the outdoor Courtyard which can also be served by the kitchen. This connection of spaces allows the building to cater for the different weekly events.
On the eastern side above these spaces are the Offices and Meeting Rooms which can be seen from the atrium below. The Offices line the perimeter of the building receiving excellent natural light. To the west is the Gymnasium which has been designed to cater for many sports such as basketball, indoor soccer and volleyball. It is also a multi-functional space which can be used for large events. Above is a Gallery for spectators to sit and view the games. Below is the Youth Den, Awana Warehouse (a large warehouse used for charity purposes) and a Visitor’s Flat.
“The design successfully incorporates the functions of the congregation into a series of well connected spaces with a level of detail and finish that ensures inspiring spaces.”
The outcome successfully incorporates the functions of the congregation into a series of well connected spaces with a level of detail and finish that ensures purpose designed inspiring spaces.
HILLSONG CITY CAMPUS A L E X A NDRI A , NS W
Hillsong City Campus (Doody Street) is a vibrant urban hub providing a platform for an energetic Christian community. The church space is a converted warehouse that includes a 900 seat church auditorium with modern AV technology, several breakout meeting spaces and an edgy, welcoming entry foyer. NBRSARCHITECTURE have expertise in the design of spaces where large numbers of people gather. Understanding people movement and navigation is key to creating the right outcome. In this project a tiered auditorium has been inserted into an existing warehouse shell. Layers of complex design resolution can be found
in the delivery of the best outcome for acoustic definition and telecommunication environment. The auditorium is a controlled space with highly technical requirements for AV connectedness. The spaces that support the auditorium create a seamless connection of uses. The Foyer is a generous welcoming space where casual interaction is supported by a cafe type environment. The children and family facilities are purpose designed to be engaging and a pleasure to be part of. The composition of connecting spaces is easy to navigate and make being part of the church a safe and life filled environment.
WILLOUGHBY UNITING CHURCH WIL LO UGHBY, NS W
The new church and facilities completed in December 2010, provide for contemporary worship in a setting that expresses the church community over 130 years.
The NBRS team has worked closely with the client to understand their needs and aspirations. The resultant design is responsive and inspirational.
The building is people friendly, heritage sensitive, inspiring, clear in circulation, sensitive to the environment, contextually pleasing, respectful of neighbours, easy in function and completed with a quality that will continue to contribute to the urban domain for many years. The design has a delightful play of positive and negative spaces that have clearly defined roles within the unified scheme. The Victorian Manse has been revitalised as a hub for the day to day running of parish work; the existing chapel stands respectfully in space, continuing not only as a geographical focus of the site but as a constant reminder of the siteâ€™s ecclesiastical heritage; and, the new
church building evokes a message of progressive church worship in a welcoming friendly atmosphere. The negative spaces between these three elements are key in setting performance and connectivity. The negative spaces are pedestrian friendly, sun drenched, defined with passive and active zones. The three elements evoke individual importance through their distinct styles and massings. The Manse and the new church balance and define in scale the edges of the site, then, working toward the centre of the site, open space allows the existing chapel to rise in height and central dominance. The neutral backdrop of planar glass and the referenced shape of the atrium behind the chapel acts to add to the importance of the siteâ€™s focus. The NBRSARCHITECTURE team has worked closely with the client to understand their needs and aspirations. The resultant design is responsive & inspirational.
PENNANT HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH PE NN A N T HIL LS , NS W
Pennant Hills Baptist church began with a small building on the site in 1925. A new church was built in 1952 due to a growing congregation, with further additions in the 1960â€™s. The additions were built on an adhoc basis, as the needs arose. This resulted in a disjointed collection of spaces, ill-suited to the requirements of a contemporary worship facility for a multigenerational community.
Meeting spaces have been opened up to the existing entry foyer allowing for easy flow of users from one space to another, while a new enclosed lobby provides for a formal sense of entry, with administration areas easily accessible. Externally, the original architecture of the church building has been retained and heightened with new windows inserted between existing brick feature walls and detailing.
NBRSARCHITECTUREâ€™s design aims to address these issues through the sensitive insertion of new floor area and the reorientation of the existing spaces to provide a flexible plan, which responds to the changing needs to church life today.
HILLSONG CHAPEL B AUL K H A M HIL LS , NS W
The curved white roof shells speak of a pair of cupped praising and praying hands.
The new Hillsong Chapel is part of a staged development for the Hillsong Church at Baulkham Hills, Sydney. The first stage of this development has been completed comprising a chapel seating 300 and an underground car park. The chapel is an inspirational worship space filled with light and volume. In the tradition of powerful vertical worship spaces, the chapel expresses beauty in a reflective way. Symbolism of light is central and controlled to uplift the worshipers. Alongside the creation of such an inspirational space, the chapel is a functional church suitable for teaching, meditating, weddings and funerals.
The form of the building is clearly identifiable and communicates the defining shape of a pair of cupped praising and praying hands. From the outside, the two white shells make a statement of worship. Upon entering, the space inspires with illumination and volume. Careful attention has been given to achieve a live reverberation acoustic condition. Natural light and a limited palette of materials and colours creates a sense of calm. The structure is inspirational and the spatial quality is uplifting.
CHURCH EXPERIENCE LIST. All Saints Anglican, Waitara Alliance Church, Epping Arncliffe Body of Christ Mission Centre Ashfield Presbyterian Church Balgowlah Uniting Church Bel-Air Baptist Church, Adamstown Heights
Christ Church Anglican Church, Springwood Church Of Christ, Hurstville Church Our Lady Of The Rosary, Kellyville
Hillsong Doody Street, Alexandria Hillsong Epicentre, Bella Vista Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Concord Hornsby Uniting Church Hunters Hill Community Church Hurstville Baptist Church
Coffs Harbour Presbyterian Church
Hurstville Presbyterian Church
Community Anglican Church, Concord
Huskisson Anglican Church
Concord West Anglican Church
Killara Uniting Church
Blacktown Arabic Baptist Church
Drummoyne Presbyterian Church
Kincumber Anglican Church
Botany Presbyterian Church
Emmanuel Baptist Church, Glenwood
Kogarah Presbyterian Church
Burton Street Baptist Tabernade
Epping Baptist Church
Kogarah Presybterian Church, Allawah
Burwood Baptist Church
Epping Presbyterian Church
Ku-Ring-Gai Presbyterian Church
Burwood Community Church
Frazer Memorial Presbyterian Church, Springwood
Lidcombe Hospital, Uniting Church
Georges River Baptist
Marrickville Uniting Church
Georges River Community Baptist Church
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart St Marys Towers
Gladesville Presbyterian Church
Molong Baptist Church
Grace Chinese Church, Kogarah
Mona Vale Uniting Church
Granville Korean Church
Mortlake Catholic Church
Gymea Anglican Church
Mt Albert Baptist Church, Auckland
Gymea Baptist Church
Narwee Baptist Church
Hillsong Chapel, Bella Vista
Nelson Bay Anglican Church
Hillsong Convention Centre, Bella Vista
Newtown Mission (Uniting) Church
Belconnen North Baptist Church, Canberra
Cabramatta Anglican Church Campbelltown Church Of Christ Castle Hill Baptist Church. Central Baptist Church, Sydney Charlestown Anglican Church Charlestown Presbyterian Church, Eastlakes Chatswood Anglican Church Chatswood Baptist Church, Chatswood Chinese Presbyterian Church, Surry Hills
Christ Church Anglican Church, Gladesville
Life Church, Kincumber
Northside Community Church, Crows Nest
St James Anglican Church, Turramurra
Norwest Anglican Church
St Johns Anglican Church Camden
Open Christian Activity Church, Burwood
St Johns Anglican Church Penshurst
Oran Park Anglican Church Pennant Hills Baptist Church
St Johns Anglican Church, Ashfield St Johns Anglican Church, Camden
Presbyterian Church, Gladesville
St Johns Anglican Church, Darlinghurst
Pymble Uniting Church.
St Judes Anglican Church, Bowral
Revival Life Centre, Penshurst
St Lukes Anglican Church, Miranda
St Lukes Anglican, Hornsby Heights
Salvation Army Citadel, Westmead
St Martin’s Anglican Church, Killara
Salvation Army Temple, Dulwich Hill:
St Mary’s Anglican Church, Mortlake
Shell Harbour Uniting Church
St Mary’s Anglican Church, Waverley
Springwood Presbyterian Church
St Matthews Anglican Church, Albury
St Albans Anglican Church, Epping
St Matthews Church, Botany
St Albans Anglican Church, Leura
St Nicholas Anglican Church, Coogee
St Albans Anglican Church, Lindfield
St Patrick’s Church, Sutton Forest
St Andrew Anglican Cathedral, Sydney
St Pauls Anglican Church, Castle Hill
St Andrews Anglican Church, Coolah
St Paul’s Anglican Church, Chatswood
St Andrews Anglican, Wahroonga
St Pauls Anglican Church, Wahroonga
St Augustine Church, Neutral Bay
St Peters Presbyterian Church, North Sydney
St Barnabas Anglican Church, Broadway St Chads Anglican, Cremorne St David’s Presbyterian Church, Woy Woy
Willoughby St Stephens Uniting Church, Sydney St Swithuns Anglican Church, Pymble St Thomas’ Anglican Church, Enfield St. Martins Anglican Church, Killara St. Peters Anglican, Hornsby Stanmore Community Church Stanmore Community Church, Camperdown Tokaikola Church Toongabbie Baptist Church Turramurra Uniting Church Uniting Church, Waitara Wanniassa Anglican Church, Act Warnervale Regional Uniting Church West Maling Church, Penshurst Willoughby Uniting Church Woy Woy Presbyterian Church
St Philips Anglican Church, Sydney St Stephens Anglican Church, Normanhurst St Stephens Anglican Church,
MAJOR AUDITORIUM EXPERIENCE AUDITORIUM PROJECTS
HILLSONG CHURCH CONVENTION CENTRE
Innaburra School Creative Arts Complex
The auditorium of Hillsong Church has been realised as part of a complex that defines an inspiring centre for this growing church community. The building incorporates a 3500 seat auditorium which can be subdivided to form a smaller auditorium and nine separate lecture rooms.
Hillsong Church Convention Centre Hillsong Church Doody Street City Campus PLC Sydney - Performing Arts Theatre Penrith Anglican College Theatre Queenwood Junior School Theatre C PL r Pe
Teachers Federation Auditorium
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
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Scots School Albury, Multi Purpose Sports and Performance Space
PLC Armidale Multi Purpose Performance Theatre
International Screen Academy Theatre
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PLC Sydney, Multi Purpose Sports and Performance Space
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Abbotsleigh Girls School Performing Arts Theatre
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Tara Anglican School for Girls Performing Arts Theatre
Sydney University, Seymor Centre Auditorium Upgrade Katoomba Christian Convention - Upgrade and Extension to Convention Facility Baptist Church, New Church and Performance Facility
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Sydney University, Liz Kernohan Convention Centre.
Knox Grammar School, Performing Arts Complex
Ghana International School, Theatre
Tara Anglican School for Girls, Multi-Purpose Theatre/Chapel
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ARCHITECTURE Our creative team of architects work to produce award winning design solutions for each unique site and condition. With a commitment to cutting-edge design and a uniquely client focused approach, we work continually at achieving an outstanding aesthetic result that meets the functional needs of the end-users. We are committed to delivering inn ovative projects of all types and scale which can only be achieved through extensive client consultation, meeting the project objectives, having sound technical expertise and competent management. Situated within a full-service firm, our team of architects is able to work closely in creative partnerships, considering all facets of a project from its earliest stages.
COMPLIANCE We provide consultancy services in BCA, Fire Safety and Access. Strategic advice is provided throughout the design process, with a focus on the seamless integration of design and functionality, to provide a complete package that meets the needs of the users and stands the test of time.
Our heritage studio has specialist expertise in providing conservation and heritage planning advice, in addition to adaptivereuse design. We have experience in the identification and management of built heritage items of all types and periods and in design documentation and project administration of projects for both government and private sectors.
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Published on Jun 16, 2016
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