Methodist Church - Austerville

1983 - 1984

Durban


The design of the new church building acknowledges the humble face brick structure of an existing hall. The expressed concrete tower marks the junction between the liturgical and community need of the combined buildings. The plan form of the church is angular about a central spine, which rises along the ridge from the vertical concrete spire over the choir area, to the front entrance of the church. The roof sits as a concrete framed umbrella structure floating above and unconnected to the enclosing walls. The walls are freestanding brick panels allowing continuous glass panels to separate the enclosing roof and wall structures. The marriage between old and new formed a vital rejuvenating element for the community in their sense of ownership of the design solution provided.