St Luke’s Catholic College will cater for up to 2,000 learners from pre-school through to post-school in a variety of spaces to respond to the manner in which learning is occurring now and as it continues to evolve.
The design is intended to break down hierarchies and provide tangible connections between learners. An innovative approach to pedagogy is being pursued at the College and will be reflected in the way that the school interfaces with the community in both the physical and virtual realms.
The campus plan for St Luke’s has been developed as a compact footprint around a three-storey central gathering space known as the Marketplace. The circulation streets radiate out from the marketplace offering not only movement and wayfinding, but also places of repose. A future Church will anchor the site at the corner, giving the school its overarching identity in the Catholic faith.
The architectural form and materiality is inspired by the mountains in the distance. A striated, masonry plinth reflects the sandstone escarpments, over which a leafy canopy modulates light and provides protection.