Box Hill North Primary’s new Junior Learning Hub is a purpose-built educational facility designed with the key conceptual idea of bringing the familiarity of home into the school campus. This was achieved by investigating the local surrounding vernacular and incorporating warm and welcoming materials, such as brick, timber and colour finishes with ample natural light, to create a comforting and inviting atmosphere for the younger students. The building’s form also considers the site context, with the building’s façade responding to the local forms of the surrounding neighbourhood.
The new building provides the school with a much-needed expansion of their facilities, increasing classrooms available for students by eight along with dedicated workspaces. The classrooms are designed in pairs to be highly flexible, that can be reconfigured via operable walls to meet the changing needs of the school. Allowing teachers to create unique and dynamic learning environments that can be easily adapted.
Box Hill North Primary School by Sibling Architecture embraces the opportunity to transform a simple brief for a primary school building into a spirited and playful set of spaces that hold opportunity in every corner. Sibling Architecture’s distinct hand has translated to a project that offers delightful day-lit and inspiring learning environments that will capture the imagination of students.
The building, which is framed by eucalypts and brick villas, greets the community with a formal language that is borrowed from its context to create a familiar and homely space for the school community.
Sibling Architecture has demonstrated how small moves can deliver big impact. A conventional four-by-two arrangement of eight classrooms is enhanced by the rotation of each north-south pair. This gentle shift offers a generous result: what would ordinarily be a central circulation spine is transformed into a zigzag of layered pockets for retreating, making, and doing.
The jury were delighted by the expansive volume of the interior spaces as well as the playful geometry of the brick and metal building fabric. The project is exemplary in its careful articulation of all architectural elements to create a spirit of generosity within a small footprint.
Alice Edmonds, Project Architect
Andrea Lam, Graduate of Architecture
Eleanor Peres, Graduate of Architecture
Nicholas Braun, Design Architect
Argall, Structural Engineer
Cundall, Services Consultant