Cowes Primary School | Project 12 Architecture

Cowes Primary School | Project 12 Architecture | Photographer: Hamish McIntosh

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Cowes Primary School | Project 12 Architecture

Traditional Land Owners


COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Educational Architecture
Regional Prize (VIC)
Becon Constructions
Glenn Hester
Hamish McIntosh
Project summary

This project comprises of a new competition grade gymnasium for Cowes Primary School, in Phillip Island. The design specifically addresses the educational objectives of the school and provides a facility which positively impacts the school and broader community on Phillip Island.

The design includes competition grade basketball and netball courts, music room, studio, kitchen, storerooms, changeroom facilities which can be utilised by the pool, as well as an outdoor amphitheatre/external teaching space connecting directly to the native bushland.

Architecturally, the building has been designed to settle into the surrounding landscape using neutral and translucent materials. Views are intentionally framed out towards the bushland and through to the pool, always locating the building within its immediate surrounds and providing a direct connection to the landscape.

Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Regional Prize (Vic)
Victorian Jury Presentation

The new gymnasium offered many exciting, yet challenging elements due to the unique site between the school’s pool and bushland sanctuary. From the initial design it was clear that Project 12 Architecture understood the site and the schools desire to ensure the facility integrated with, and enhanced existing assets whilst providing a quality learning space.

The outcome is truly remarkable and the attention to detail in the design has not gone unnoticed by students, staff, parents, or members of the broader community. The gymnasium has been seamlessly integrated with its site, bringing a sense of calm and connection.

Project Practice Team

Adam Smith, Graduate of Architecture
Aimee Goodwin, Design Architect
Estelle Peter, Project Architect
Graham Ho, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Architecture and Access, Access Consultant
BRT Consulting Engineers, Services Consultant
North Projects, Cost Consultant
Octave Acoustics, Acoustic Consultant
OPS Engineers, Structural Engineer
Philip Chun, Building Surveyor
Simon Ellis Landscape Architect, Landscape Consultant
Urban Digestor, ESD Consultant

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Cowes Primary School | Project 12 Architecture | Photographer: Hamish McIntosh

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