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Boral 10.117 Quarter Height Saw-cut Designer Block Range in Alabaster
The Saint Mary of the Cross, Mackillop Chapel built in honour of Australia’s first saint, Saint Mary Mackillop, features 8m high crucifix concrete arched columns rendered in white hard plaster. These columns provided the backdrop and structural frame for the chapel’s intricate lattice of blockwork.
The feature lattice of hit-and-miss blockwork has been integrated carefully, to allow natural light into the sacred space. The dappled rays admitted through the skin of blockwork, evokes a serene contemplative atmosphere. The blockwork lattice thus gives life to light- becoming a living entity within the chapel that contracts between the columns and blockwork- fragile, ever-changing, dominating or vanishing.
The openings within the lattice play an integral role with the chapel’s mechanical ventilation system, with fresh air supplied through the openings at the lower levels, and return air behind the openings to the chapel’s soffit.
Additionally, the blockwork also acts as an acoustic attenuation for the chapel, with a layer of acoustic blanket hidden behind the intricate skin of blockwork.
The resultant play between the massiveness of the construction and the fineness and intricacy of the surface texture is an expression of lightness, creating a unique juxtaposition between the structure and the skin.