Lindfield Learning Village

DesignInc in collaboration with Lacoste Stevenson + BMC2 (Paris) were commissioned for the Lindfield Learning Centre through a limited invitation tender process, by the NSW Department of Education. The Centre will occupy one of Sydney’s Brutalist icons - the former UTS Ku-Ring-Gai campus reborn as Australia’s most innovative school, incorporating a preschool, mixed primary and high school, that may eventually include university-level subjects.

A new curriculum is being written for this progressive school where stage, not age, will determine pupils progression through the curriculum. Where teenagers and preschoolers may study together, and Future focused learning will put students in daily contact with their peers around the world.

 

  • CLIENT

    NSW Department of Education

  • LOCATION

    Lindfield, NSW

  • YEAR

    In progress. Stage 1 commenced March 2016, due 2019.

  • SCALE

    24,000 sq m

  • VALUE

    $53 million

  • PROJECT LEADERSHIP
    Sandeep Amin Jacqueline Urford
  • PHOTOGRAPHY

    CGI by DesignInc and Lacoste Stevenson

DesignInc in collaboration with Lacoste Stevenson + BMC2 (Paris) were commissioned for the Lindfield Learning Centre through a limited invitation tender process, by the NSW Department of Education. The Centre will occupy one of Sydney’s Brutalist icons - the former UTS Ku-Ring-Gai campus reborn as Australia’s most innovative school, incorporating a preschool, mixed primary and high school, that may eventually include university-level subjects.

A new curriculum is being written for this progressive school where stage, not age, will determine pupils progression through the curriculum. Where teenagers and preschoolers may study together, and Future focused learning will put students in daily contact with their peers around the world. 

The ‘schools within schools’ structure will provide six schools known as ‘home bases’ for 354 students each. Designed for students to live in through their schooling years, each ‘home base neighbourhood’ will have its own distinctive and homely character. Each area will be flexible with mobile walls and furniture, and spaces suited to individual study, small or large groups for co-teaching.

Originally designed by the NSW Government Architect’s Office in the European tradition of ‘citadel on the hill’1, the Brutalist campus opened in 1971 as the William Balmain Teachers College. With its bold off-from concrete, rooftop gardens, courtyards, internal street, and native landscaping integrated with the bush, it was heralded in its day as a bold new education building, winning the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture in 1978.

1 Former NSW Government Architect, Peter Mould, Architecture Bulletin 2012 Brutalism heritage issue.

There is something special about pinching a university premise and giving it to children. The model here builds on the most successful directions transforming education, making it better for students and teachers, for wellbeing and for results, too.

Professor Stephen Heppell, UK educational academic advisor

There is something special about pinching a university premise and giving it to children. The model here builds on the most successful directions transforming education, making it better for students and teachers, for wellbeing and for results, too.

Professor Stephen Heppell, UK educational academic advisor

Today the building is heritage-listed and its adaptation will bring it up to current codes, accommodating around 2,000 students and 200 teachers. Its upgrade will harmonise with the existing building language, while additions will be clearly expressed in new geometries and materials. 

Bruce Mackenzie’s original landscape architecture made the bush and its contours key drivers of the building, and they will be key to this adaptation — maximising opportunities for indoor and outdoor learning environments through landscaped terraces and courtyards.

The original central ‘internal street’ emphasises the social aspects of education and campus life. In the rebirth it will again feature as a congregational space for students and teachers. It will also be an important arena in community engagement, with the 920-seat auditorium, music and drama spaces, canteen, gymnasium, child care and after school care, will to be equipped with new technologies.

We’re making a visual statement of the learning philosophy that this campus has embodied from the very beginning of its life: that is to respect the past, to recognise the present-day context and focus on future learning. To articulate this, all the new building elements being added will be distinguished with a ‘folded’ geometry, like origami.

Sandeep Amin, DesignInc

We’re making a visual statement of the learning philosophy that this campus has embodied from the very beginning of its life: that is to respect the past, to recognise the present-day context and focus on future learning. To articulate this, all the new building elements being added will be distinguished with a ‘folded’ geometry, like origami.

Sandeep Amin, DesignInc

Christon Batey-Smith

DirectorMelbourne

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Rohan Wilson

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Sandeep Amin

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Jennifer Drake

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