St Leonard's College Year 5+6 Centre

A variety of learning and teaching styles are supported in this flexible facility, where the active and passive sustainability measures are not only integrated into the building design, they are monitored and displayed in screens around the building, for use in the school curriculum.

Set out over three levels, the project incorporates six classrooms, four project-based learning rooms, multipurpose staff office areas on each level, plus a roof-terrace garden.

Located in a flood zone, habitable spaces were required to be above ground level — a disruption to the building’s connection to the school. The solution was found in utilising the ground floor for car parking, and connecting to the school with a landscaped outdoor stage and entry, that draws students from both middle and senior schools together for informal gatherings and music performances. 

  • CLIENT

    St Leonard’s College

  • LOCATION

    Brighton, Victoria

  • YEAR

    2011

  • SCALE

    1,000 sq m

  • VALUE

    $6 million

  • PROJECT LEADERSHIP
    Stephen Webb
  • PHOTOGRAPHY

    Dianna Snape

The building design is flexible so that each group of three classrooms can be opened into one large space, or furniture including lockers can be easily rearranged to individualise the learning spaces. There are also open informal learning zones, and ‘quiet rooms’ for small group work and ESL lessons.

An ‘art shed’ is incorporated into the informal learning zone, with robust concrete floors and timber cladding, extending the learning opportunities. Annual middle school exhibitions and events are held in the informal spaces, using the classrooms as galleries and the multipurpose area’s kitchen for catering.

The active and passive sustainability initiatives integrated into the building design and the school curriculum include a photovoltaic panel array for solar power, rainwater collection, a weather station, thermal mass and mixed-mode ventilation systems.

Christon Batey-Smith

DirectorMelbourne

Christon Batey-Smith

DirectorMelbourne
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Rohan Wilson

DirectorMelbourne

Rohan Wilson

DirectorMelbourne
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Wayne Dixon

DirectorAdelaide

Wayne Dixon

DirectorAdelaide
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Sandeep Amin

Managing DirectorSydney

Sandeep Amin

Managing DirectorSydney
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Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide

Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide
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Adrian Doohan

Senior AssociateMelbourne

Adrian Doohan

Senior AssociateMelbourne
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Sally Brincat

Senior AssociateMelbourne

Sally Brincat

Senior AssociateMelbourne
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Daniel Walton

PrincipalPerth

Daniel Walton

PrincipalPerth
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Craig Tonkin

AssociateAdelaide

Craig Tonkin

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Jennifer Drake

AssociateAdelaide

Jennifer Drake

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Cameron Smith

AssociateMelbourne

Cameron Smith

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Jacqueline Urford

AssociateSydney

Jacqueline Urford

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Jane Sayers

Associate, DesignMelbourne

Jane Sayers

Associate, DesignMelbourne
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Cheryl Vandenberg

AssociateAdelaide

Cheryl Vandenberg

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Maria Mueller

Senior Interior DesignerPerth

Maria Mueller

Senior Interior DesignerPerth
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Amy Merritt

AssociateAdelaide

Amy Merritt

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Michelle Harris

AssociateMelbourne

Michelle Harris

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