Genesis Christian College Primary Learning Village | McLellan Bush Architects

Genesis Christian College Primary Learning Village | McLellan Bush Architects | Photographer: Andy Macpherson Studio

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Genesis Christian College Primary Learning Village | McLellan Bush Architects

Traditional Land Owners
The Turrbal people
Year
2023
Chapter

Queensland

Region

Brisbane

Category
Educational Architecture
EmAGN Project Award
Builder
Rohrig Constructions
Photographer
Andy Macpherson Studio
Project summary

The Primary Learning Village places curiosity, community and colour at the forefront of its design.

What originated as a simple refurbishment of existing primary classrooms evolved naturally into a larger modernisation project of the existing Primary precinct, following comprehensive briefing between College stakeholders, McLellan Bush Architects (MBA), and specialist consultants.

The transparency and operability of the learning environments encourage the sharing of ideas, teaching and learning and evokes a sense of belonging for students and staff. These spaces are enhanced by adjacent seating nooks and amphitheatre spaces that assist in re-engaging the child through a change of environment and varying sensation of materials and colour environment.

The ability for classes to break out into a flexible learning area together and for two adjacent classes to directly combine fosters a strong sense of community between the Primary Learning Village’s occupants. Here, it does take a Village to raise a child.

This project has not only met but exceeded our needs and expectations in many surprising ways. The acoustics, colour palette, air quality, surface textures and lighting have all impacted learner engagement in a positive and calming way. In fact, many times when I’ve walked through this space with a tour, we can have groups of 7 or 8 year old children highly engaged in their work, blissfully unaware of the visitors. Thorough, deep and long term engagement has meant strong community buy in for this project. Truthfully, moving students and staff into this space just felt like coming home.

Project Practice Team

Dana Stephens, Graduate of Architecture
Georgia Stevenson, Architect
Madison Ducat, Architect
Natalie Bush, Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Apex Certification & Consulting, Building Certifier
Bradicich Consulting Engineers, Electrical Engineer
Chilton Woodward & Associates, Hydraulic Consultant
DMA Engineers, Mechanical Engineer
EDGE Consulting Engineers, Structural Engineer
GRC Quantity Surveyors, Quantity Surveyor
IB Town Planning, Town Planner

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Genesis Christian College Primary Learning Village | McLellan Bush Architects | Photographer: Andy Macpherson Studio

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