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Catholic buildings shine at architecture awards


Three Catholic school building projects and the restoration of the historic Smyth Chapel at West Terrace Cemetery were recognised in the 2020 South Australian Architecture Awards announced this month.

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Walter Brooke Architects won the Award for Educational Architecture for Kildare College’s newly opened Brigidine Centre.

The secondary college for girls commissioned Walter Brooke to design and Sarah Constructions to construct the new multi-purpose building at the Holden Hill site.

Named in honour of the school’s founding Brigidine Sisters, it comprises a full-size netball court that can be used for whole of school celebrations, a dance studio and rehearsal space, music theory and practice rooms, ensemble space, classroom, staff office area and kitchen and bathroom facilities.

The judges said Walter Brooke worked closely with the college to deliver a new learning environment that complements and enhances its campus and “provides a new identity that celebrates a program of multiple learning opportunities”.

Kildare College’s ballet studio in the Brigidine Centre. Picture: Ben Macmahon

Detail Studio received a Commendation for Education Architecture for a new junior primary building at St Martin’s Catholic School at Greenacres.

“The building exudes care, nurturing and flexibility in its planning and details, allowing movement, activity and discovery,” the judges said.

The SAC mural. Picture: Abigail Riggs

St Aloysius College’s community mural in Chancery Lane won the City of Adelaide People’s Choice Prize sponsored by CityMag.  Students and staff worked with Riggs Digital to create the mural which is linked to augmented reality videos that provide background and meaning to each image.

Under the banner of ‘Empowering Bright Futures’ the installation includes images depicting growth, inspiration, friendship and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Smyth Chapel. Picture: Peter Barnes

Arcuate Architecture won the David Saunders Award, the top heritage accolade at the awards, for its work on Smyth Memorial Chapel.

The project was funded through contributions from the Archdiocese of Adelaide, the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority and the Department of Environment & Water.

The judges said the restoration of the 150-year-old gothic icon was “an exemplar of contemporary conservation practice”.

“The architects are to be congratulated for their dedication to this architectural jewel,” they said.


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