TC Theological School

Old Wardens Lodge

Client: Trinity College
Status: Complete 2010

Trinity College Theological School occupies the former Wardens Lodge in the south west corner of the campus facing Royal Parade. The project involved a refurbishment of the existing building plus a new pavilion extension to the west. The original residence was designed by McGlashan Everist Architects in 1960 and has adapted well to the new educational use. It is a single storey courtyard house with generous rooms and simple modern aesthetic set a large garden. The new pavilion has been designed as a flexible teaching space which spills out into the surrounding landscape. The pavilion is separated but linked to the existing building via a compact glazed entry foyer. It has two large roof lanterns which provide controlled top-lit daylight and natural ventilation as well as a voluminous spatial interior.

The Theological School is centred around a large internal courtyard onto which all rooms connect via a continuous loop corridor. The new complex provides a fine setting for Theology which has a relaxed and contemplative atmosphere set within a beautiful garden.

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“Trinity College at the University of Melbourne has a wonderful legacy of significant buildings…one of the simplest and most elegant is the former Wardens Lodge by Architects McGlashan Everist from the early1960’s…is now no longer a house but a Theological School.... the past has been carefully interwoven into the present by architect Peter Elliott.”

Stephen Crafti, The Age, 16 may 2012