2012 National Architecture Awards: Public

Dapto Anglican Church Auditorium by Silvester Fuller Public Architecture: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

The Dapto Anglican Church Auditorium is an inspired reinterpretation of the traditional church within a contemporary social, environmental and economic context.

The architects have worked closely with the client and users to understand the needs of the community and to provide a new venue. It has quickly become an important focus of daily life.

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The building is designed to accommodate a broad range of events and offers a complementary and alternative venue to the nearby St Luke’s Chapel. It acts as a community foyer, meeting space and cafe.

The bold rectangular form and forecourt is civic in scale yet offers a range of more intimate community spaces. The simple form is dramatically eroded to successfully link the building to an existing preschool, the community hall and a car park.

The clarity and boldness of the design concept; the directness of form, structure and materials; and the inventive use of textures and finishes have delivered an exceptional community building on a very restricted budget.


Silvester Fuller
Sydney, NSW, Australia
BCA consultant BCA Logic
Contractor Premier Building Group
Environmental consultant Arup Sydney
Facade engineer Arup Sydney
Hydraulic engineer Whipps Wood Consulting
Quantity surveyor Heymann-Cohen
Structural engineer SDA Structures
Site details
Location Moombara Street, Dapto,  Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Category Commercial / public buildings
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 2 Nov 2012
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2012
Images: Martin van der Wal


Architecture Australia, November 2012

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