Worship and relaxation intertwine with the reincarnation of the Sacred Heart church, located in the suburb of East Trentham, just northwest of Melbourne. Built by Irish settlers in the 1890’s, the existing church has been transformed into a beautifully designed retreat, where groups of people can unwind, get away and devote time for respite.
Maintaining many of the original features, in order for the building to maintain its historical significance, took priority within the design process and refinement. Features such as stained glass and soaring ceiling being of great importance to the overall design and discussion.
The large main space includes intimate areas, such as the fireside lounge, modern kitchen, conversation pod and recreational space with a pool table, leading out onto as a generous outdoor deck and BBQ area, with an incredible view overlooking the gentle farmland. The accommodation sleeps up to 10 people at one end of the church, with a mezzanine above, as well as a master bedroom with ensuite below a striking gothic ceiling.
The overall outcome is a place of tranquillity quiet and warmth, incapsulated in a space where historical ideals and modern comforts meet.