New South Wales
The performance space and STEM classroom on Wangal country at Burwood Girls High School makes a bold, colourful statement through a detailed yet simple form. Designed to inspire students in their performances and scientific pursuits, while providing a high-quality teaching and learning space – a landmark creative hub.
Easily legible yet dramatic, the project rises to a sharp peak. The weatherboard-clad first-floor form is perforated by two expansive glazed sections, allowing natural light to beam in while providing ample views and ventilation.
Shading is provided by thirteen striking timber shutters, painted on both sides in a bright rainbow palette. The chosen colours reflect the diverse backgrounds of the students and their positive and inclusive attitudes to life.
While the external form remained simple, the section is playful. A substantial void adds natural light and ventilation to the ground floor, acting as a thermal chimney for STEM projects.