Dandenong High School Design and Technology Hub | Kerstin Thompson Architects

Dandenong High School Design and Technology Hub | Kerstin Thompson Architects | Photographer: Tom Ross

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Dandenong High School Design and Technology Hub | Kerstin Thompson Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Bunurong Boon–Wurrung
Year
2024
Chapter

Victoria

Category
Educational Architecture
Builder
Devco Builders
Photographer
Tom Ross
Project summary

Dandenong High School Design and Technology Hub is a final piece of the campus puzzle, the project takes an existing redundant aging gym and performing arts centre located against along the edge of the school and adaptively reuses the structural frame into a new two-level hub for design and technology studies.

The school envisaged the building as a space that would provide the students with a ‘real-world’ working environment where they could independently investigate the many streams of design and technology in the resolution of their projects. The key to creating these collaborative spaces is the establishment of a spine that links all the teaching spaces encouraging the mixing of ideas and techniques.

The pockets created along the spine blur the line between the more formal spaces and the informal ones, where ideas can be developed in small groups in a way more akin to a studio than a classroom.

2024
Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation for Educational Architecture
Victorian Jury Citation

Commendation for Educational Architecture

This project artfully explores the potential of adaptive reuse within an educational setting. Situated along Dandenong’s main highway, the building creatively engages with the big-box retail typology, establishing its distinctive identity amid bustling surroundings. The spatial gymnastics of the entry sequence skilfully celebrate the volume of the former gymnasium to reveal the potential of this found space. Thoughtful material selections pay homage to its past while embracing its new educational purpose, exemplifying a harmonious blend of residual infrastructure and innovation. 

 

The Design Centre project forms the final stage of a masterplan that began in 2007, with the merging of three schools. The Learning Process of Enquiry has been the cornerstone of this project, with the building design evolving through iterations that explore how this process may be best facilitated.

The students can take ownership of their learning, which our staff facilitate, challenge, and connect our students with their learning. We are very proud of the resulting project and the way it supports our pedagogical approach.

Project Practice Team

Kerstin Thompson, Design Architect
Kelley Mackay, Director of Projects
Jasmine Placentino, Architect
Elise Houghton, Architect
Darcy Dunn, Architect
Lynn Chew, Architect
Erica Diakoff, Architect
Michael Archibald, Architect
Maya Le Bransky, Graduate of Architecture

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Currie Brown, Cost Consultant
Daryl’s Tree Care & Surgery, Arborist
Deb Tech, Project Manager
Hard Rock Geotechnical, Geotechnical Engineer
Nilsson, Noel & Holmes, Land Surveyor
Nilsson, Noel & Holmes, Underground Services
Philip Chun, Building Surveyor
Simon Ellis Landscape Architects, Landscape Consultant
Stantec, ESD Consultant
Stantec, Services Consultant
Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec, Structural / Civil Engineer

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