Adelaide Botanic High School
DesignInc, in collaboration with Cox Architecture, designed and delivered South Australia’s first vertical school. Located in the CBD, Adelaide Botanic High School opened in 2019.
For 1,250 secondary school students, the buildings are designed with flexible learning areas to enable an integrated curriculum that helps prepare them for the future.
The new school’s heart is a light-filled atrium connecting the adapted Reid Building (six storeys) to a new seven-storey building as an active atrium.
Environmental design minimises energy and water use, in support of the city’s Adelaide to Zero Carbon Challenge. The project will achieve a 5-Star Green Star As-Built rating.
SA Department for Education and Child Development, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Adelaide, South Australia
Completion due 2019
PROJECT LEADERSHIPWayne Dixon Jennifer Drake
Landscape Architecture – TCL
Photography by Sam Noonan
The Hon. Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia
Our State’s future will be built on high quality public schools which equip our students with the skills needed to secure the jobs of the future.
The Adelaide Botanic High School’s name reflects its specialist health and sciences program. Purpose-designed laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art science and design technology to support the STEM focus (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), preparing students to be future innovators.
- Food technology kitchens
- Library and research centre
- Maker spaces (design, media studies, art)
- Indoor gymnasium
- Outside learning and recreation spaces
- Music and drama learning and practice spaces
- Cafeteria with outdoor terrace
- Basement parking for 170 bicycles