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St Ambrose Church

Cloister Garden

ClientSt Ambrose Parish
ScopeSketch Design through to Contract Administration
LocationBrunswick, Victoria
Budget-
Year2000
TeamStutterheim / Anderson Landscape Architecture

The forecourt to St Ambrose’s Church was a response to City of Moreland’s vision for green space that emerged as moments of retreat from each of Sydney Road’s fourteen churchyards.

In this case, the unusual side entry of the Church drove a diagonal line into what had untill then been a corner of six parking bays, and set up an avenue of Olive Trees just expansive enough to create a central celebratory space. Placed within that avenue are a broad, very comfortable bench, and several other galvanised seating ‘perches’, the shape of which expressed both the unusual diagonal and the right angle from the adjacent presbytery.

Small level changes were employed to reinforce the clarity of the ceremonial area; the cast iron fence was retrieved from its original less-friendly orientation to suggest a cloister; a shade-loving forest climber has been coaxed to cover the cyclone wire frame; and the hedge is now a solid wall against the visual intrusion of frenetic traffic.

Views - cloister garden

Views - cloister garden

St Ambrose cloister garden detail

St Ambrose cloister garden detail

View - from church door

View - from church door

Landscape Plan - design development

Landscape Plan - design development