Bellbowrie Community Church

This 350-seat, multi-purpose church facility incorporates a range of innovative environmental measures. Internal comfort is provided by a passive ventilation system. Rainwater is harvested and used for irrigation and for the misting system that provides air cooling. In winter, high-level chimney vents are closed and the heated air is forced down into the auditorium.

The building itself is not outwardly spiritual, but relies on the experiences of the environment for its spirituality. The roof folds over to create a long veranda that draws people along the axis of the building, and provides panoramic views across a small valley.

The building wraps and folds down to protect the internal spaces, enhancing the sensation of shelter and keeping noise impacts on neighbouring houses to a minimum.

Brisbane, Australia