"The chapel displays a sensitivity to nature – both human and environmental"
Jury citation, 2011 IDA Public Design award

Puckapunyal Military Area Memorial Chapel

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Details

Client
Department of Defence
Location
544 Nadzab Road, Puckapunyal, Victoria, Australia
Completion
September 2007 - December 2010
Value
$2,500,000.00
Services
Full Architectural Services
Size

840m² GFA

Description

The Puckapunyal Military Area Memorial Chapel is a successful reinterpretation of a place of worship, meeting a challenging brief of accommodating multiple religious faiths in a sympathetic yet contemporary environment.

The singular use of zinc as the façade material is juxtaposed by the richness of the spaces within. Users of the building are completely immersed in a space that is visually, physically and emotively charged. The composition of each space is based on considerations of use, materiality, tactility, light quality and experiential quality. Three internal courtyards, integral to the architecture of the building, enable religious spaces to be sensitively separated, achieving privacy for individuals and groups. The courtyards also enable day light, external amenity and views from spaces that would have otherwise been internalised.

A glazed pavilion prayer room for non Christian faiths is wrapped in a field of poppies within metal panels. A large covered courtyard reveals a Flanders Field poem on its walls, punctuated with shafts of light from three large round roof openings above. The result is a series of inspiring spaces that embrace users and the broader community, providing a rich, harmonious sanctuary for people of all faiths and demonstrating a sensitive exploration of space and program.

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Location

544 Nadzab Road, Puckapunyal, Victoria, Australia

Awards

2011
IDA Best of State Commercial Award
IDA Public Design Award
IDA Sustainability Award
2012
Chicago Antheneum International Architecture Award

Brief Elements

  • Delivery of a Multi-Denominational Chapel Catering for Christian and Non-Christian Faiths

Summary

  • Fulfills challenging brief of accommodating multiple faiths in a contemporary and sympathetic environment
  • Internal courtyards enable religious spaces to be separated sensitively
  • Elements of remembrance to ANZACs included within limited artwork budget
  • Restrained palette of materials provides distinct and appropriate character to key public spaces
  • Striking 5 metre high timber wall spans entire building and acts as threshold concealing the Nave and other multiple rooms behind
  • Architectural ambitions realised within modest budget

Consultants

Acor
Civil and Hydraulic Engineer
AECOM
Mechanical, Electrical, Communications, Fire Detection Engineering, ESD, Security, Acoustics and Transport
Rush Wright Associates
Landscape Engineer
Bonacci
Structural
HLA
Structural
BSGM
BCA
Davis Langdon
DDA
Wilde and Woollard
WOL
Coffey Projects
Project Manager
Grocon
Builder