Tarrawarra Abbey 


Located on the Tarrawarra Abbey site, the conceptual design for the building was developed in response to recent grass fires which passed dangerously close to the site in 2009. Utilising the inherent protective qualities and thermal mass of insitu concrete external walls, the design compliments the existing timber buildings on the site and provides a more robust sanctuary.


Location Tarrawarra, Victoria

Status Completed

Category Civic / Catholic / Interiors

Photography Peter Clarke/ Sherman Tan /Michael Gazzola

Awards Winner Small Project Award, Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards


Designed as a fire shelter, the contemporary design cuts into the gentle slope of the site and is topped with a planted green roof. The green roof adds to both the fire resistance and thermal performance of the building shell. Other ESD initiatives include natural ventilation and roof water storage tanks for irrigation & landscape purposes.  Double glazed windows are protected by distinctive copper shrouds and protective screens where required to comply with BAL requirements.  


At selected locations within the banded finish to the external concrete walls, rebated patterns reflect the Tarrawarra Abbey motif. The interiors respond to the uniquely rural setting, using natural materials including polished concrete floors and timber linings.

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