St Mary’s Chapel – Baldasso Cortese Architects

St Mary’s Chapel – Baldasso Cortese Architects

12 September 2017

The clients desire for this project was a Chapel that was not religious in appearance, nor ‘box life in structure, so naturally Baldasso Cortese Archiects went against the grain by choosing designer concrete masonry to bring this project to life.

The blockwork was chosen for its simplicity, robustness and for its flexibility to create flowing walls that represent movement while still feeling like a strong and supportive space. Concrete masonry gave this project a lean and economical structural design that was stable and mitigated the need for structure steel with the exception to the roof.
 
Baldasso Cortese Architect’s took inspiration from the symbolism of the Catholic tradition of the Edmund Rice shield, which has strong synergy with the organic nature of indigenous art of the local Wathaurong people. The chapel is broken into two forms embracing one another; the lower/ outer form directs people to the chapel containing support spaces; whilst the taller form contains the chapel that can accommodate 100 people.
 
This project was a finalist in the Kevin Borland Masonry Award at the 2017 Think Brick Awards.