Located in Island Bay, the Home of Compassion has been dedicated to supporting the needs of the aged, the powerless and the poor. Additionally, the Sisters of Compassion have begun the formal process of the Canonisation of Mother Aubert, the founder of the mission, who died in 1926. If the Vatican does bestow sainthood on Suzanne Aubert, the mission will likely become a site of pilgrimage.
In light of this, Tennent Brown is currently designing a side chapel off the existing 1980’s chapel, to be her final resting place and as a space for pilgrims to reflect on Aubert’s life and their own spirituality.
The focus of the space will be the sarcophagus, the natural world through a large
adjacent window, and the 15th station of the cross window, designed by Tanya Askew and Tony Drawbridge, wife and son of the late John Drawbridge who was the artist for the stations of the cross in the existing chapel. Further windows are being commissioned by the studio of St John the Baptist. Tennent Brown is curating these religious art projects to compose a complete harmonising experience in the chapel, as well as designing the sarcophagus. Scale, quality of light, connection and seclusion to exterior, acoustic absorption, and the haptic effect of materiality and colour are all considerations.
Alongside the chapel development, as part of the overall master plan for the mission, Tennent Brown are developing new housing for the sisters, creating a central garden court with shared and single units clustered around .