Image: Nina Hamilton

Designed and built in 1957, St Pius X Catholic Church is Australia’s first Modernist church. Situated in native bushland, with sweeping views to the Derwent estuary, the design employs the natural beauty and light of its situation to inform internal and external space.

Address: 98 Channel Hwy, Taroona

Highlights: Curved ceiling, native garden context, Australia’s first Modernist church.

Building specs: Type: Church. Year Built: 1957. Architect: Esmond Dorney