The Church of the Living God is located in the Southern Sydney suburb of Hurstville. The building accommodates a place of public worship and sanctuary as well as incorporating six residential apartments within the upper levels.The built form is a response to the building’s use as a place of worship in conjunction with residential apartments.
There is an attempt to present a building of significant public use and mass to the street. The notion of bulk is reduced with a horizontal composition of concrete lines. In this way, what is offered is something considered appropriate and consistent to the context as to scale. It is also something that remains apart from this same context.
The punctuation of few but large window openings enables a predominance of mass to represent the key character of the form at the street. This enables simplicity; a ‘quiet façade’ in the context of the complex residential facades at the street. This aesthetical contrast is suited to the mixed-use but also enables the appropriate punctuation at the street of a simpler, ‘visually quieter’ proposal when compared to the adjacent forms.
In the context of form, the material composition and construction methodology play a significant role and this affects the sense of proportion in the streetscape also.
The east and west façades incorporate highly articulated materiality and careful manipulation of form through subtle extrusion of the service cores. The southern façade incorporates an open landscaped courtyard which allows light into the centre of the building. The entire composition is designed to present as a mass which is a singular public building.The interior sequence is arrived to develop calm and elevate the worshipper’s sense of repose and quietness.