Studio B Architects
Studio B Architects add value at all stages by focusing on their client’s fundamental aims. They apply lateral-thinking and sustainability principles to achieve and exceed client expectations. Specialist experience includes designing church property that serves specific mission needs and maximising development opportunities . Also experienced in masterplanning, university, school, community, heritage and multi-unit residential projects.
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St Alfred’s Church & Education Centre
Blackburn North, Vic, 2009
This church and educational building expands a small building that has occupied the site for the past forty-five years. Present members of the church collectively funded this construction, and the architects introduced the design concepts to them over a period of time. The building provides an embrace to auditorium users, a welcoming entry for the local community and distinctive wayfinding landmarks. Within the tight project budget, sustainable design features have been incorporated to reflect the client’s concern to care for the planet. Natural cooling and solar heating and a deliberate provision of thermal mass create comfortable conditions all year round. Collected stormwater assists with cooling and provides water for the adjacent council tennis courts as a “good neighbour”. The symbolism is distinctively Christian with cross, rock and fishing boat metaphors. It presents a positive termination to Williams Road and flags the corner of the North Blackburn Activity Centre group. Its entry intentionally faces the shopping centre and is transparent
East Burwood, Vic, 2010
This masterplan responds to development needs anticipated over the next 10 years including 2500 seat auditorium, 500 seat and 2 smaller auditoria, children
St Aldates Refurbishment & New Entry
Oxford, UK, 2003
St Aldates Church Refurbishment and new entry building. This significant heritage building in central Oxford was adapted to become a multi-purpose facility for many different types of activities in the life of the church. It is now used for worship, concerts, drama, dinners, performance, multi-media events, conferences, exhibitions, workshops, children’s events and receptions. It now has a new entry location addressing the main city street, constructed from copper, glass and stainless steel.