The Cardijn College Centre of Innovation and Creativity in Noarlunga Downs, South Australia, was designed to provide a student-centred environment that embraces a 21st century learning experience and pedagogy. The built form explores the notion of a meeting place as a vibrant space for social exchange, interaction and collaborative learning. The generous internal space is a direct extension of the central student hub created in stage two.
The new centre addresses the requirement for a state-of-the-art Senior School precinct co-located and connected to the existing science centre that incorporates the campus cafeteria, a spiritual retreat, stem laboratories, a robotics laboratory, extensive informal student breakout spaces, a design technology centre, visual arts, fashion and year 12 learning areas. The complex forms the nucleus of the College’s creative heart and will encourage cross pollination of ideas and skills throughout its three campuses.
The Centre of Innovation and Creativity is cleverly planned, with a generous internal street acting as connector to perimeter spaces and a place for formal and informal interaction. Built on a constrained site, the Centre’s design takes advantage of the slope of the land to create multiple levels and a deliberate blurring between inside and out. Spatial volumes, architectural form and material detailing provide a dynamic learning environment, and clearly identify the Centre as the creative heart of the College.
Nick Tridente, Design Architect
Paul Boyce, Project Architect
BESTEC, Electrical Consultant
BESTEC, Fire Consultant
BESTEC, Hydraulic Consultant
BESTEC, Mechanical Consultant
BESTEC, Vertical Transport Consultant
Chris Sale Consulting, Cost Consultant
Drew Rudd, Civil Consultant
Drew Rudd, Structural Engineer
Katnich Dodd, Building Surveyor
Oxigen, Landscape Consultant
Resonate, Acoustic Consultant