PLACES FOR WORSHIP. ENVIRONMENTS WHICH BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
COMPANY PROFILE NBRSARCHITECTURE is a people focused,
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research based studio that aims to enrich lives.
NBRS & Partners Pty Ltd
By developing creative design partnerships, our portfolio - spanning public and private sectors exhibits an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to
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design environments that will have positive life
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Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS global
interdisciplinary design practice with expertise
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in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney, Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise.
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DIRECTORS: Andrew Duffin:
B.Arch, ARAIA Architect [Nominated Arch. NSW Reg. 5602]
B Des, M Bus, Member Design Institute of Australia
BSc (Arch), BArch (Hons), Architect
BSc (Arch), BArch, RAIA
B LArch, Landscape Architect
BArch, Chartered Architect, FRAIA
STUDIO PRINCIPALS: Samantha Polkinghorne:
B Arch , M. Cult Her, MICOMOS
B Arch, Dip Arch Tech, Cert PM, Architect B Arch (Hons), Architect
Assoc Dip Applied Science Health & Building Grad Dip Building Surveying & Assessment. Master Fire Engineering Accredited Green Star (ABGR)
B Arch (Hons)
B Arch (Hons) FRAIA
B Design (Int)
B Des Arch and M Arch
SENIOR ASSOCIATE: Barry Flack:
BSc (Arch), BArch (Hons), Architect
ASSOCIATES: Hung-Ying Foong Gill:
B Arch, Dip PM
B.Arch, M.Design Science
B.Arch (hons) RAIA
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 flow to the exterior through vast, transparent doors, creating a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor space. The forecourt is unfenced 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.
CHURCH MINISTRY CENTRE HOPE CHURCH | L E PPINGTON, NS W
Hope Church Leppington is a new church ministry centre for the growth region of Leppington being undertaken for the Anglican Church Property Trust. This once sleepy rural area is undergoing significant change, with small land holdings and acreage rapidly giving way to new residential development and community infrastructure, with a predicted population of 50,000 people in the next two decades. The design of the ministry centre has been staged to allow for the growth of the church and its facilities as the congregation grows, culminating in a 500 seat auditorium, foyer hall, meeting rooms and administration spaces, kitchen and cafĂŠ with landscaped grounds and childrenâ€™s playground. The church takes inspiration from its rural setting and has been detailed in a palette of
natural materials including expressed timber trusses and cladding, and stone retaining walls terrace the site and create an inviting forecourt space including cafĂŠ and childrens playground. Deciduous green wall elements positioned behind the platform will provide a seasonal reminder of death followed by regeneration, and the central message of hope that the church takes its namesake from. The church and foyer are light filled spaces that create a welcoming interface to the emerging new community and the Anglican School directly adjoining the site.
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.
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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.
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.
TARA CHAPEL TA R A A NGL IC A N S CHO OL FOR GIRLS , PA RR A M AT TA , NS W
The Tara Anglican School for Girls sought to build a Chapel to provide an intimate and reflective space for their students and staff, seating 340 people on the ground floor and 90 people on the tiered mezzanine level. The Chapel building sympathetically addresses the broader site, nestling into the side of gently sloping landscaped area, addressing the school community as they arrive and depart each day. It is also located in between the Senior school and Junior school, linking both school campuses physically and spiritually. A series of high masonry curved external walls gives the Chapel presence to those
walking past, softened and warmed by the use of sand stone cladding and large glass entry doors and windows. Walking into the Foyer there is a sense of space and intimacy with considered natural light and high ceiling, with views through to the Chapel space via floor to ceiling glazing. The Chapel space itself is quite intimate with the high ceiling and side walls tapering from the rear of the Chapel towards the Dias. The side walls are penetrated by 5.5 to 4.5m high windows on both sides divided into narrow glazed strips via masonry sun blades providing vistas of gum trees and green spaces nearby. The use of acoustic
timber wall battens and timber ceiling panels assists in the level of intimacy of the Chapel space as well as forming part of the acoustic treatment of the Chapel. The ground floor is also serviced with a kitchen connected to the Foyer as well as a covered outdoor area and large Upper Terrace for a variety of school functions. On the Mezzanine level and lower ground floor level the Chapel is complimented with a meeting room, AV room, multi-purpose room, a Uniform Shop and an external kiosk and BBQ area servicing the schoolâ€™s weekend sport community.
GRACE CITY CHURCH WAT E RLO O, NS W
â€œAn urban church that would be welcoming, transparent, engaged and connected with an urban population.â€? 18
The inner city area of Green Square has regenerated from warehousing into a high density residential area. As the population and environment has shifted, increasing pressure has come to develop more social groups within the community. In response to this, the need for an urban church that would be welcoming, transparent, engaged and connected with the new urban population was realised. The team at NBRS, in partnership with Grace City Church, created the church design and oversaw the construction process, watching this creation materialise into a reality.
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.
WILLOUGHBY UNITING CHURCH WIL LOUGHBY, 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.
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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 L S , 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.
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As a multi-disciplinary design practice, we are able to work as one 360° Integrated Studio, with expertise in across Education, Heritage, Interior Design, Justice, Landscape Architecture, Life & Culture and Wellness. Our ‘One Team’ approach allows the best possible design outcome to be achieved, with seamless collaboration between our range of service studios throughout the design process. The resulting designs are cohesive and considered from all angles. This consolidation of specialists also allows for increased efficiency for the client in the management of the project team.
The Education Studio is committed to designing innovative spaces that nurture learning. By conducting research in to current and projected trends, NBRS have extensive knowledge in catering for the evolving future of junior, senior and tertiary education facilities.
Landscape Architecture is an amalgam of art and science. As designers, Landscape Architects are required to be careful interpreters of the natural and cultural conditions of a site. Our Landscape Studio seeks to create attractive, meaningful, usable, connected and equitable spaces that embody sustainable design principles.
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 towards achieving an outstanding aesthetic result that meets the functional needs of the end-users. We are committed to delivering innovative 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.
HERITAGE Our Heritage Studio has specialist expertise in providing conservation and heritage planning advice, in addition to adaptive-reuse 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.
INTERIOR DESIGN Our Interior Design Studio is passionate about achieving a seamless connection between interior design and the whole architectural concept. We deeply consider how interior spaces are used and create innovative design solutions. Our Interior services include space planning, detailed fixture design and the selection of furnishings.
JUSTICE The Justice Studio is creating impactful, well rounded design solution to improve the lives of compromised people. With a wealth of experience across correctional facilities and other justice buildings, the NBRS seeks to create responsive facilities that service all who interact with these spaces.
LIFE & CULTURE The Life & Culture Studio is a foundation studio at NBRS. Passionate about human centred design and creating spaces that engage people for civic, religious, cultural and recreational purposes.
WELLNESS Through ongoing research and the development of future focused wellness spaces, the Wellness Studio continues to create impactful designs for a range of clients and communities.
STUDIO PLUS Studio Plus offers support services including: Compliance, BIM, Communications, Graphic Design and Finance.
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NBRSARCHITECTURE help to create gregarious spaces for congregations. These spaces for all generations are transparent, welcoming encouragin...