This project involves an analysis of the existing facilities, the development of a Brief to increase student population from 900 to 1100 and the Masterplan for the development of school facilities to:
- Address the functional needs of a school for 1100 students
- Promote collaborative teaching and learning settings
- Address current Child Protection requirements and security issues and provide a well-defined school entry as the first arrival point for visitors
- Resolve current site circulation issues and provide full accessibility for disabled
- Recognise the demands of a sloping, environmentally sensitive site in a well landscaped, exposed, bush-fire prone setting
The resultant building form for the new construction mediates between two existing, strong architectural forms from previous College developments in the 1970s and the early 2000s.
Visually the design creates a “stealth” landscaped solution with a stepped, twisting form nestled into the hillside, that suits the site topography with an appropriate subtleness that both preserves existing view lines and acts as an axis to the Chapel without impacting on the existing open space at the College.
The new building resolves all functional, circulation and accessibility issues whilst providing an additional 1600m2 of usable flat recreation space.