This project, a classroom building for Altona North Primary, is the first of a four-stage redevelopment of the school. As the first step towards a complete transformation, the design responds to the school’s careful approach to change, the appreciation of its existing spaces, and a desire to capture its legacy.
Our design reconfigures the plan of the building it replaces – the ubiquitous Light Timber Construction (LTC) building – providing flexible teaching spaces for classroom and group learning. Each classroom space is different, shaped by a roof that transforms the LTC’s cross-section into a veil like roofline, referencing the sawtooth shapes of factories that once surrounded this mid-20th century suburb.
Externally, brickwork from Altona North’s demolished houses are returned from a Tottenham brickyard and re-laid behind the roof canopy. During the day this canopy provides sun-shading to the classroom interiors, into evening the softly lit brickwork is revealed behind its perforations.
Jacqueline Tang, Project Architect
Simon Whibely, Design Architect
William Heath, Project Architect
Acoustic Consulting Australia, Acoustic Consultant
Akritidis Group Building Consultants, Building Surveyor
Harlock Consulting, Quantity Surveyor
Michael Smith & Associates, Landscape Consultant
MJA Consulting Engineers, Services Consultant
OPS Engineers, Structural Engineer