architects: Philip Cox & lan McKay
date of completion: 1965
location: Tocal, Paterson NSW
address Tocal Road 2421, Tocal, Paterson NSW
Designed for the Presbyterian Church of Australia in 1963 as a post-secondary level agricultural college it was the first major com- mission for Cox & McKay, establishing their design reputation for environmental sensitivity. They adapted the principles of vernacular architecture to a large-scale complex, reflecting the grander vernacular of the silos and barns in the region, which was alien to the prevailing modernist institutional architecture of its time. They also incorporated the aesthetics of Japanese architecture in the composition of external spaces and timber detailing throughout the complex. The college epitomises the Sydney School whose principles include loose extendable planning, integration with the landscape.
Read the introduction to the first Australian selection for Docomomo (2000)