Aidan's Place | Blight Rayner Architecture

Aidan's Place | Blight Rayner Architecture | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Aidan's Place | Blight Rayner Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
Turrbal and Yuggera peoples
Year
2024
Chapter

Queensland

Region

Brisbane

Category
Interior Architecture
Small Project Architecture
Builder
Fitout and Refurbishment Australia
Photographer
Project summary

Aidan’s Place is a transformation of a previously dour and unwelcoming undercroft of an existing school building into what has become the fulcrum of social life on the St Aidan’s campus. It has been achieved by a combination of careful reduction and insertion of elements that enable multiple types of social interaction.

In particular, the accentuation of the three dimensionality of the existing waffle ceiling and the extension of it in a series of abstract elements including skylights has dramatised and animated what had before been oppressive.

The spaces are all naturally ventilated and openable, facilitating connectivity to the public street and into the campus, and welcoming wider community engagement.

Prior to the architectural redesign of our Le Fanu building undercroft, the underutilised area housed outdated, dimly lit, cramped facilities.

The space has undergone a remarkable transformation; now boasting a state-of-the-art kitchen, complete with a self-service cafeteria and a coffee shop featuring café style seating.

Additionally, the renovation has facilitated the creation of a warm and inviting entrance to the Senior School campus on Ruthven St.

Renamed as Aidan’s Place, this area has evolved into a dynamic hub for staff, students, and community engagement. Its open plan design integrates with the natural environment, offering a contemporary space to socialise and connect.

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Aidan's Place | Blight Rayner Architecture | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

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