Some 55km south west of Sydney the new suburb of Oran Park is growing. The people are moving in and NewLife Anglican Church is gathering momentum. NewLife is a church plant by the Anglican Church. They have been meeting in the Lead Pastor’s house and now it’s time to build.
On 7 April this year, the Lead Pastor Stuart Starr officiated the sod turning ceremony and in May, the builders Reitsma began excavation on the greenfield site near the town centre.
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Design Director Andrew Duffin and Project Architect Andrew Tripet have created a concept which will significantly connect the new Oran Park community, providing an open and transparent church that will inspire and function with ease.
Significantly, the new church will be on the crest of a hill, some 500m from the new town centre. Its positioning is a reflection of the importance of community and how at the heart of our collective is a desire for something spiritual.
The strength of the design will be its connectedness with the people. We want to create an open transparent dialogue between a church and its suburb. There is an expansive forecourt, unfenced and drenched in northern sun open for anyone to enjoy. The 500 seat church is identifiable through its height and volume. A beautifully crafted curved roof defines the church volume and sails out into the forecourt in a sense of refined continuity.
The siting of this parcel of land has given the opportunity to create an identifiable marker with a vertical element. In the tradition of a European campanile, we have designed a steel and glass tower. It will be located on the axis of Central Avenue which connects with the town centre. The tower will softly touch the ground. Everyone will be able to walk through its base and enjoy the connectedness with the distant views.
Our approach has been to create a relaxed, transparent form that the people of Oran Park will recognise with ownership as their church on the hill.