Tarrawarra Abbey in Yarra Glen, Victoria

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Tarrawarra Abbey in Yarra Glen, Victoria

Australian Monastery Building Development – design by Baldasso Cortese Architects

9 Jul 2018

Tarrawarra Abbey

Design: Baldasso Cortese Architects

Location: Yarra Glen, Victoria, Australia

Tarrawarra Abbey

Tarrawarra Abbey in Yarra Glen Victoria

Tarrawarra Abbey is a Cistercian Monastery set on 400 hectares of grazing land at Yarra Glen in Victoria’s beautiful Yarra Valley, 60 kilometres North-East of Melbourne.

Tarrawarra Abbey in Yarra Glen Victoria

The devastating bushfires of Black Saturday, on the 7th of February 2009, saw searing grass fire, driven by fierce winds, blaze across the property killing 40 head of beef and destroying several hectares of pasture. The fire passed dangerously close to buildings in which several members of abbey’s community sought shelter.

Tarrawarra Abbey in Yarra Glen Victoria

Following a review of the fires, a brief was developed to build a secure fire shelter where the abbey’s monks and other members of the farm and community could take refuge in the event of future fires. The result is a concrete bunker growing out of a gentle slope, sited in close proximity to some of the farms residential buildings. The building is made of boarded insitu concrete, slightly folded and bent as it grows out of the slope. Formwork using oregon boards laid horizontally was used to obtain an organic finish to the grey colour of the concrete, which is expected to soften as it weathers and ages.

Tarrawarra Abbey in Yarra Glen Victoria

A sloped planted green roof makes the building all but invisible from certain aspects while protruding copper shrouds with fire screens add to a sense of movement in the building. These too, will also soften as they weather.

Tarrawarra Abbey in Yarra Glen Victoria

Orientated to north, the building rises 4.5 metres and it is here that a series of concrete blades, also cast insitu, have been placed to focus views over a valley and distant views. The blades have also been designed to temper the harshness of the northern sun as it shifts across the building through the course of the day.

Tarrawarra Abbey in Yarra Glen Victoria

Tarrawarra Abbey in Yarra Glen Victoria

Designed to double as a multi-purpose centre for the abbey’s monks the interior of the building contains a communal gathering space, a tailor’s workroom, gymnasium and an archive store.

Tarrawarra Abbey in Yarra Glen Victoria

Tarrawarra Abbey in Yarra Glen Victoria

Tarrawarra Abbey, Yarra Glen – Building Information

Project size: 237 m2
Completion date: 2016
Building levels: 1
Architect: Baldasso Cortese Architects
Structural & Civil Engineers: Perrett Simpson Stantin
Services Engineers: Medland Metropolis
Landscape Architect: ASPECT Studios
Builder: Building Engineering Pty Ltd
Building Surveyors: BSA

Tarrawarra Abbey in Yarra Glen Victoria

Photography: Peter Clarke

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