Location: Menangle Park, NSW
Date Completed: August 2003
Awards: Commendation – Public Buildings, RAIA NSW Chapter Architecture Awards, 2004
Photography: Brett Boardman
This project formed the first stage of construction of a new Campus heart at an existing school in Sydney’s south-western suburbs. It consists of 9 new senior learning spaces and a staff common room facility.
The building is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional courtyard edge building, in the manner of Brunelleschi’s Foundling Hospital in Florence or Blacket’s Quadrangle Building at Sydney University.
A deep arcade at ground level provides sheltered space for circulation and leisure. L-shaped precast panels support the upper floor Veranda, where a hovering roof and 70 metre long perforated precast screen mediate between shelter and controlled visual outlook to the mountains in the south-west.