Montrose Bay High Big Picture School - Morrison and Breytenbach Architects
Montrose Bay High Big Picture School is the first to be custom built in Australia. The building’s distinct identity makes a statement about being different. Re-cycled demountable classrooms, shipping containers and a refurbished 1950s weatherboard building are integrated around a central outdoor courtyard - the social heart of the school. High volumes link flexible learning, seminar and break-out spaces. Personalized furniture layouts support students’ diverse project based learning programs. Students interact with parents and visitors in the informal foyer and adjacent exhibition space.
Passive design principles achieve solar gain, natural lighting and ventilation. Vertical shade screens, colour, light and shadow transform the demountable façades.
Morrison & Breytenbach Architects involved a selection of volunteer students in an interactive design process.