- Broadway, Sydney, NSW
- Peter Tonkin, Tim Greer, Liz Muir, Ben Daly, Christian Williams
The Tonkin Zulaikha Greer design proposal was developed to create a building that is timeless, durable and inspiring, a worthy successor to the historic Church destroyed by fire in 2005.
With a primary focus on the Worship Space, the design aims to achieve a unified and functional whole on this constrained site, signalling the broader outreach of St Barnabas with its progressive young congregation and nationally significant history.
The Worship Space is conceived as a regular square plan, able to accommodate a wide range of seating configurations and suited to large and small congregations, with a tall volume framed in masonry and full of glass and light. It is a â€˜lantern buildingâ€™ symbolic of the Light of God â€“ shining outwards from the centre, and at the same time descending from the heavens.
The design uses contemporary forms and materials but is not experimental or overtly complex, to contain costs and reduce risk. It uses timeless and well-tested materials and details to achieve a balance between the past and future, a true landmark and signal for the Church.