Holy Rosary Catholic School | Bence Mulcahy

Holy Rosary Catholic School | Bence Mulcahy | Photographer: Adam Gibson

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Holy Rosary Catholic School | Bence Mulcahy

Traditional Land Owners
The Palawa people, traditional owners of Lutruwita


COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Educational Architecture
Maveric Builders Pty Ltd
Adam Gibson
Project summary

Bence Mulcahy working with Holy Rosary Catholic School, Claremont have undertaken a series of projects sequentially over five years.

The scope includes new teaching spaces, toilets, canteen and community space, a new Mapali room (learning support), a library, internal alternations to the kindergarten and, a prep building.

Whilst each is designed as a small standalone project, all share the singular aim, to acknowledge the schools original development patterns, original building forms/ materiality and knit the schools existing fabric together and reinforce its existing architectural intentions.

The scale, form and materiality of the new work pays homage to the original, whilst the divergent gestures are subtle, playful and contemporary.

This project enhances the school by providing much needed amenity and reasserts a clarity and consistent quality to the schools built form after a period of divergence.

It has been an extraordinary journey for Catholic Education Tasmania to work alongside Bence Mulcahy Architects in the re-calibration of Holy Rosary Catholic School.

The unprecedentedly high levels of community and school ownership, staff and student interaction and significant pedagogical success of multiple building developments (and redevelopments) primarily rest on the Bence Mulcahy’s response to architectural and structural design, sensory stimulus in textures, natural interior finishes, and deep student immersion with nature.

Furthermore, student and staff connection to an extensive and flexible external learning environment is a powerful and successful design strategy throughout the school’s redevelopment.

Project Practice Team

Bek Verrier, Design Architect
Michael Renshaw, Draftsperson
Shamus Mulcahy, Project Architect
Sophie Bence, Design Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Aldanmark Consulting Engineers, Engineer
Aldanmark Consulting Engineers, Hydraulic Consultant
Coordinated Engineering Services, Services Consultant
Holdfast Building Surveyors, Building Surveyor
Playstreet, Landscape Consultant
Red Sustainability, Sustainability Consultant

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Holy Rosary Catholic School | Bence Mulcahy | Photographer: Adam Gibson

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