Posted on Apr 28, 2022 by Webber Architects
EmAGN, the Newcastle Division of Emerging Architects and Graduates Network, and Modus Merewether has hosted ‘Awards in Detail’ for 2022. Our team was privileged to have the opportunity to hear about a selection of award-winning projects from this year’s Australian Institute of Architects Newcastle Architecture Awards.
Webber Architect and Project Team Leader, Trent Russell presented Catherine McAuley Catholic Chapel, the winner of the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture. This project undertaken for Catholic Diocese Maitland-Newcastle is located on the new Catherine McAuley Catholic College precinct at Medowie NSW is currently a contender for the NSW Architecture Awards.
The concept of transparency in design and the use of steel elements were driving factors in the design of the Chapel. The architectural expression of the building was to show the ‘strength’ of the Catholic community within the context of the school.
The bold regular form of the Chapel with its transparent corner elements is defined by the steel truss frame visible both externally as a frame for the perforated shading screens and internally as a feature within the congregation space.