ST JOhn's Anglican Cathedral strategic redevelopment

Parramatta, NSW

Parramatta, a city set to grow exponentially over the coming decades, houses at its centre an iconic cathedral steeped in colonial history. The proposed redevelopment seeks to create adaptable multi-functional spaces to engage with both the existing congregation and the growing population of Parramatta.

Carefully considering the manner of which it addresses the street and public domain, the new three-storey structure wraps around an existing heritage parish hall to create a semi-private courtyard, providing natural light and ventilation to smaller ministry rooms. Large auditoria branch from a central atrium which floats over a sweeping central breakout space. At the street level the building is enclosed behind a layer of commercial spaces which activates the adjacent public square whilst providing a sense of enclosure and security to the rooms within.