Emmanuel Christian Community School | Hartree + Associates Architects

Emmanuel Christian Community School | Hartree + Associates Architects | Photographer: Robert Frith

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Emmanuel Christian Community School | Hartree + Associates Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

Western Australia

Brian Kidd Enabling Architecture Prize (WA)
Educational Architecture
Castle Projects
Robert Frith
Project summary

ECCS meets a unique learning responsibility in WA, where agile pedagogy caters to a high percentage of students with a refugee background, and english their second language.

Empathy drives delivering learning environments – here spaces enjoy high functionality, encouraging exploratory learning and sharing.

Two principle components embody this first stage of the masterplan: ‘Identity’: The project brief developed in synergy with ECCS growth strategy, in an important function for ECCS – elements of the design engage the public, inspiring students and learning. ‘Connection’ the building breaks open adjacent the extraordinary Eucalyptus tree; uniting the heart of ECCS to Hainsworth Park via the breezeway – a transparent moment in the vibrant façade, forming the basis of connection between students, place and the local community.

Taking inspiration from the concept of “Weaving”, the elegant 50m screen addressing Hainsworth Park reflecting African and Asian tones – projecting a welcoming symbol of ECCS to the community.

Western Australia Architecture Awards Accolades
Award for Educational Architecture
Western Australia Jury Presentation

Affectionally called the West Wing, the double storey 11 classroom building located on the western side of Emmanuel Christian Community school opened in time for the start of school in 2021. Student and staff alike have thoroughly enjoyed the large open classrooms which allow plenty of natural light. Classrooms have also been used for a wide range of events/purposes outside of the regular school; Parent Open nights, arts showcase evenings, ANZAC day morning teas and other formal events as community groups on the weekends. We are immensely grateful Hartree and associates for their careful thought in the design.

Project Practice Team

Bill Golding, Graduate of Architecture
David Hartree, Project Architect
Tim Hanlin, Documenter / Contract Administrator

Project Consultant and Construction Team

All Style Engineering, Specialized Screening Fabricator
BCA Consultants, Building Surveyor
BCA Consultants, Electrical Consultant
Cartwright Hydraulic Consultants, Hydraulic Consultant
George Etrelezis, Project Manager
Rawlinsons (WA), Quantity Surveyor
Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec, Structural Engineer
WSP, Traffic Impact Assessor

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Emmanuel Christian Community School | Hartree + Associates Architects | Photographer: Robert Frith

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