Subsequent to the completion of Oliver’s Cloister adjacent the Sacred Heart Cathedral, our practice was commissioned to design “Abergowrie House” for vacant land to the opposite lower city side of the Cathedral. The principle intention included the provision of lettable office space and associated car parking. However, through an understanding of the site qualities, numerous strategies have been instigated, and continued from Oliver’s Cloister to allow this development to achieve well beyond these basic provisions. These strategies generally result from adopting the consideration that the Terrace should become entirely Sacred Space. They include:
— Restriction of car parking on the site so that it is removed from the Terrace.
— Placement of building mass so that views of overlooking apartments from the Terrace are blocked and views over the city below are retained
— Restriction of building mass so that views of the Cathedral (and the location of the unconstructed bell tower) from the City below are retained and framed
— Architectural orchestration through thresholds of the journey between the City below and the Terrace
The development consists of two levels of car parking with small tenancies adjacent the entrance below the Terrace along with three levels of office space from the Terrace.