圣迈克尔文法学校公共大厅

圣迈克尔文法学校公共大厅

Architectus is currently designing a new educational building for St Michael’s Grammar School, known as The Commons.

Rising over three levels the Commons includes spaces for Knowledge, Science, Food Technology and School Café within an urban context of adjacent apartments, townhouses and individual residences amid a busy road. The street facade is composed as a working green wall that enables a new type of interaction with landscape for students in a site that yearns for green space as well as promoting a ‘learn from life’ approach to Science.

The design of The Commons is activated at Ground Floor Level with the main entry and Cafe which caters for students from Kindergarten to year 12. This is directly adjacent to the Food Technology teaching and support spaces which allow the Cafe to double as a learning opportunity. Activation and accessibility occur naturally via an operable north façade that connects into the existing pedestrian spine, allowing students to spill out and extend the Café into the external environment.

The uppermost floors of the building are dedicated to a hybrid Science/Knowledge facility, where practical areas are defined by the need for specialist services and the interstitial space can be used by class groups, individual learning and group work with reflective zones located away from social ‘centres’.

Visually and acoustically screened pods are the structural framework and also provide a further array of learning environments and opportunities. The dual-level blending of Science Technology and Knowledge enables students to seamlessly combine research with experimentation and discussion so that teaching and learning synergies are fully supported and encouraged.

The atrium ‘connects’ the specialist and general learning spaces whilst promoting a pedagogy of spaces for ‘possibilities’ through varied and targeted use of space. This central space is the physical manifestation of The Commons - an area that is available for all to use and enjoy - the essence of this new building.

Project Sheet

Project Summary

Client
St. Michael’s Grammar School
Floor area
6000 m²
Completed
2015
Original value
$18m
Contact
John Sprunt