St Philip’s Christian Education Foundation - Central Office | SHAC

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

St Philip’s Christian Education Foundation - Central Office | SHAC

Traditional Land Owners
Awabakal People
Year
2024
Chapter

New South Wales

Region

Newcastle

Category
Commercial Architecture
Builder
North Construction & Building
Photographer
Alexander McIntyre Photography
Project summary

SHAC have enjoyed working with St Philip’s Christian Education Foundation (SPCEF) for over a decade. It is our absolute honour to present their new Central Office & Teaching School project in Waratah. The 3-storey building is a civic contribution to the school community, with direct reference to the 1920’s St Philip’s Church, which remains adaptively re-purposed, and is the location of the commencement of the first St Philip’s College in 1982.

The form of the building and materiality compliments the existing church, without mimicking it. It is a long simplified rectangular form accented with moments of delight. The skillion roof ensures a wash of soft light permeates through the building. The contrasting banded dark brick on the new building juxtaposes the original decorative cream ecclesiastical bricks.

The overall design of our new Central Office building is welcoming and promotes a sense of belonging for all who use this space, students, staff, Directors, and visitors. It encourages innovative thinking, and a culture of collaboration and community through the open plan and flexible workspaces.

There are two integral features that remind us of our purpose and history. These are the direct connection and access to St Philip’s Church, which is where St Philip’s Christian College held its first classes in 1982 and the full height windows at the front of the building which overlook one of our schools.

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