MONASH SCHOOL MULTIPURPOSE FACILITY
CATERGORY: PUBLICE ARCHITECTURE
The Monash School is adjacent to the community playing field with the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the playing field been given to the School. The provision of much needed learning facilities through the BER initiatives presented the opportunity to place these facilities within a building beside the playing field to accommodate learning programmes within the use of the playing field. The new building is arranged along the western side of the playing field. It is linked to the school by a covered switchback ramp negotiating the gentle rise from the existing school buildings. At the switchbacks the canopy is extended to create small covered areas for outdoor learning and play. The internal volumes generate the form of the building. The highest point of the roof is over the high ceilinged multi-purpose hall. The roof then slopes in either direction along the building length reaching conventional single story heights at either end. The roof steps to divide the large roof into manageable areas for storm water collection. Low roofed verandahs along three sides of the building provide for general circulation and for outdoor learning and play.The building achieves value for money due to the restrained pallet of modest materials combined with a straightforward structural system. The construction techniques that were chosen performed multiple functions. The concrete filled block walls are the load-bearing structure, the building enclosure provides for a thermal mass, and form the robust interior surface.
Practice Team: Robert Thorne (Design Director), Gabriella Grocott (Graduate of Architecture / Project Leader)
Consultant Team: Northrop Engineers (Structural Consultant), Norman Disney & Young (Services Consultant)
Construction Team: Binutti Constructions (Builder), Xact Project Consultants (Project Manager)
Photographer: Eddie Misic