RAIA Hayes & Scott (State) Small Project Award 2009
RAIA Regional Commendation 2009
This simple rhythmic structure sits atop an existing rock wall adjacent to the Sacred Heart Cathedral. It provides a sheltered and peaceful gathering space. The building is both an annex and the primary ordering element for entry to the precinct.
The cloister was commissioned in memory of a baby named Oliver. Its idea was born out of a grieving process. The creation of the cloister represents a turning point based on a celebration of life and the sharing of precious moments.
—AIA awards jury citation delivered by AIA awards director Justin O’Neill.
The Sacred Heart Cathedral in Townsville is positioned on a flat terrace that overlooks the city below. This location provides a highly appropriate scenario for a religious space whereby people can experience an oasis and removal from the everyday (below). Recognition of this architectural idea has provided the generating concept for this scheme.
A benefactor provided funds to construct a combined memorial and shade structure for covered outdoor gatherings. The roof has been positioned to provide cover over an existing terrace, a signifier for the entrance to the terrace up the existing adjacent staircase and to respect the existing heritage buildings. Columns are spaced to provide a cloister to the terrace and a focus to a small monument and statue of Mary at the end of the space. Axial lines are redrawn from the new statue of Mary location through to the Sacred Heart statue located in the Cathedral forecourt, thereby providing unity across the terrace.