Catherine McAuley Centre
Hamish Shaw Architects
Modo Flooring Christchurch
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Catherine McAuley, the founder of the NZ sisters of Mercy was
known for her black woollen shawl. This and the ancient Greek
symbol of the ichthys, the Christian fish, were used as inspiration
by Hamish Shaw Architects for the new Catherine McAuley
Centre. Part of Villa Maria College in Riccarton, the 406m2
centre was purpose built for the Sisters of Mercy to celebrate 100
years of delivering quality education for girls from Catholic
families in and around Canterbury.
The Catherine McAuley centre was the winner of the coveted
Public Architecture award at the Canterbury Architecture Awards and
the buildings Pounamu Mercy Cross was named as a finalist in the
Interior Awards for 2018. The Pounamu Mercy Cross is a symbol
of the merging of Maoridom and Catholicism, with the shape
following the Mercy pattern of a cross, and a Pounamu cross inset
referencing the idea of Papatuanuku, Earth Mother reaching towards
Ranginui, Sky Father.
Different flooring and wall materials were used in the design to
differentiate the main areas of the building. Timber walls
and Shaw Material Matters Vapour Carpet tile were used to define
the worship side of the building, while in contrast the office
spaces and mezzanine museum area contrast with white walls and
Tarkett Noble Plank timber floors. Refin Deck ceramic tiles
were used in the toilet block to keep the wood them while allowing
for easy maintenance and durability.
Products used: Shaw Material Matters Vapour carpet tile, Colour:
Dreamy; Tarkett Noble Plank timber floor, Colour: Wasa (available
on indent); Refin Deck ceramic tile, Colour: Bright.
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