fjmt won an invited competition to design the new St Barnabas Anglican Church. The existing building and adjacent community hall, located on Sydney’s busy Broadway, was destroyed by fire in May 2006. The architecture of the new church complex seeks to respond to the qualities and great opportunity of this special site in the city and to the great sense of openness, welcoming and joy that characterises St Barnabas.
The new church offers a peaceful oasis of gathering and worship within the busy noise of the city. It provides a balance of open courtyard, landscaped gardens, informal and formal, fixed and flexible spaces. At the centre of the church is the informal social-heart gathering spaces and the calm peaceful space of worship.