Nimbus Architecture and Heritage

St Thomas Aquinas Chapel

Project Location

Ballarat, NSW


Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Project Team

Jesse Mowbray


Ian Wilson

St Thomas Aquinas Chapel draws inspiration from the Baroque painting by Francisco de Zurbaran 'Apotheosis of St Thomas'. The internal spaces of the chapel echo this notion with the use of natural light: continuous high stained glass windows direct sunlight internally, activating the space with coloured light. The chapel is capped by a sculptural timber and zinc roof which emphasises and articulates the altar, ambo, and presiders chair as the central elements of the liturgical celebration. The project was awarded the Ballarat Heritage Awards 2017: New Work/Development within a Heritage Area.