Grace Chapel | DWA Architects Pty Ltd.

Grace Chapel | DWA Architects Pty Ltd. | Photographer: Silvertone Photography

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Grace Chapel | DWA Architects Pty Ltd.

Traditional Land Owners
Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

Western Australia

Mondoluce Lighting Award (WA)
Public Architecture
Universal Constructions
Silvertone Photography
Project summary

The Grace Chapel at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School is a light-filled and uplifting space for worship and community. Designed primarily as a place for people to gather in faith, the brief for a Chapel within a School site offers the opportunity to integrate the ideas and expectations of both communities where the worldly and the Holy aspirations meet.

Elements of place and faith are woven throughout the new building. The built form and radial geometry reference the organic forms of local flora and Ichthus symbol. The Grace Chapel takes cues from the existing built context, yet still resonates as a separate, identifiable form. The sweeping roof and the radiating monolithic fins frame views, while the heavy limestone base anchors the design and references contextual massing on site. Majestic in its presentation, Grace Chapel is a welcoming place for worship and is responsive to the environment in which it sits.

Western Australia Jury Presentation

Grace Chapel benefits the School by providing a sacred space for worship. Staff and student wellbeing is enhanced through regular services. We build strong relationships, creating a sense of belonging and community by gathering together. The building provides connection with nature and a visual link back to the School. An intricate and complex design, the building is entwined with objects of beauty including the entrance artwork and handcrafted stained glass in the Side Chapel of All Saints. The location of the Chapel with a backdrop of mature trees adds to the sense of serenity and peace with the memorial garden.

Project Practice Team

Duncan McLagan, Design Architect
John Andrews, Document Manager
Mark Langdon, Project Director / Design Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Best Consultants, Electrical Consultant
BPA Engineering, Structural and Civil Engineering
Cindy Poole, Artist
DSA Pty Ltd, Mechanical Engineering
Hendry Group, Building Surveyor
ND Engineering, Acoustic Consultant
Owen Consulting, Quantity Surveyor
Plan E, Landscape Consultant
SparkA Design, Artist
Volume Design Group, Hydraulic Consultant

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Grace Chapel | DWA Architects Pty Ltd. | Photographer: Silvertone Photography

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