The 'Old Timber Hall' was built in 1906 for £450 at the site of St Pauls Anglican Church in Chatswood. Over a century on, it was time to make a major upgrade to the property to suit current and future multi-purpose use, including the addition of a mezzanine floor to accommodate more meeting spaces. The focus was to stay true to the heritage period of the building.
A roofline was designed to join all the existing site buildings together with the church. The result is a large carpeted multipurpose space with 4 x 2 metre skylights to provide natural light by day and by night feature LED strip lighting illuminating the skylight domes. Windows were designed and specified for the eastern face of the new roofline to maximise natural light to the existing church building. The eight metre ceiling has created a feeling of grandeur and style within the property.
The once external eastern sandstone wall of the church is now a feature within the auditorium and has created a feeling of warmth, elegance and timelessness. The brick walls of the surrounding courtyard buildings were rendered and painted in Resene Quarter Canterbury Clay (elegant camel) to blend harmoniously with the sandstone of the church. The church doors were also painted in Resene Canterbury Clay (muted beige).
Demolition of a room on the northern side of the hall, to streamline the car park, and the removal of the front room on the hall created an open and welcoming entrance to both the hall and the church. When entering the auditorium from the car park a fully glazed wall parallel to the church building allows natural light to flow through, securing the space from the elements, at the same time giving a view of the sandstone facade. At both entrances to the new auditorium, timber panelled feature walls were designed to complement the sandstone and enhance the walkways.
The exterior palette of Resene Masala (murky grey brown) complements the sandstone on the church building. Resene Masala was also used on all the external doors of the church building, fascias and guttering of the existing halls, to work cohesively throughout the property.
The selection of Resene Canterbury Clay for the church interior walls was made to keep the character of the internal columns as a calming, warm place for worship. Resene Quarter Canterbury Clay enhanced the architectural archways, which previously had not been highlighted, adding a sense of depth. Painting the rebate of the windows has given a sense of light and improved the status of the windows in the building. The ceiling was painted in Resene Vista White. The colour palette complements the hues in the floor coverings, giving warmth and style to the church. The internal stairs and rooms of offices within the church building were painted in Resene Half Canterbury Clay (camel).
Well into the design stage of the project the Church was awarded council approval for a three year pilot International Chinese School from Kindergarten to Year 2, pioneering a co-education Christian school. The 'Old Timber Hall' was an ideal space for the school of 49 pupils. Design changes were made to the ground floor of the building to accommodate the school. As the requirements for both a primary school and a multi-purpose space are varied, the neutral colour palette of Resene Half Spanish White (complex neutral) was selected to apply above the dado rail with Resene Double Spanish White (beige neutral) below. The result is a palette that enhances all the architectural features and is serviceable to all who use it.
Architectural specifier: Noelene Cason
Building contractor: Parvoy Constructions
Client: St Pauls Anglican Church
Client property manager: David Lawrence, Project Manager & General Property Manager for St Pauls
Electrician: Jeff Keating Electronics
Joinery: Concept Kitchens, Kirrawee Joiner
Key contributor: Doug McIntyre Architect
Painting contractor: Parvoy Constructions
Photographer: Michael Hennessy
Structural engineers: Henry & Hymas
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