St Mary’s Star of the Sea War Memorial Cathedral
DESIGN: DONOGHUE, CUSICK & EDWARDS
LOCATION: DARWIN, NORTHERN TERRITORY
Professor Philip Goad: How do you build a modern cathedral in the tropics? What form might it take?
But otherwise this Darwin church is completely different.
It has a campanile (tower) of local porcellanite stone and, instead of a single concrete form, it is a ribbed series of catenary arches with projecting rectangular bays to either side and it has a traditional ‘crossing’.
The entire length of both nave walls can be opened up by a series of glazed doors and above, off-centred windows puncture blank walls and at eaves level, a concrete grill runs the full length of the building’s eaves – all for maximising ventilation.
Inside, an unusual feature is artist Karel Kupka’s depiction of the Virgin Mary and Child as Indigenous Australians.