Good Samaritan College, Polding Place | Speculative Architecture and Brammer Architects, architects in association

Good Samaritan College, Polding Place | Speculative Architecture and Brammer Architects, architects in association | Photographer: Charlie Hillhouse

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Good Samaritan College, Polding Place | Speculative Architecture and Brammer Architects, architects in association

Traditional Land Owners
The lands of the Giabal and Jarowair peoples, speakers of the Wakka Wakka language of the Toowoomba area
Year
2024
Chapter

Queensland

Region

Darling Downs and West Moreton

Category
COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Educational Architecture
Sustainable Architecture
Builder
Hutchinsons
Photographer
Charlie Hillhouse
Project summary

With a focus upon student wellbeing and community engagement, Polding Place at Good Samaritan College Toowoomba contains classrooms, Food Technology teaching spaces with a commercial kitchen, Cafe, and a Design Technology workshop. Each space is naturally ventilated with good access to breezes and controlled daylight.

Outdoor learning spaces are located adjacent to traditional teaching spaces and are flexible for social activities. Materials and niches have been selected that are robust, with low maintenance, while providing continuity with the existing campus buildings to reinforce the identity and history of the College.

The main social space of the College is revitalised by the new building framing, and providing an active social edge to, a central courtyard. Integrated planting, through vines and shade trees, mediate the outdoor spaces to provide cool and social landscapes to be enjoyed.

Speculative Architecture gets us. Dirk understands what we are trying to achieve within our school community and how the architectural work can support and champion this.

There is a focus on healthy social learning spaces that prioritise the experiences of the students and staff.

The development of the design is clearly articulated through the presentation and sharing of design reports that include collages of the various spaces and the concepts that inform them.

We are on a journey together, discussing the feel and look of these spaces, having the ability to improve the design with the team as it develops.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Bligh Tanner, Civil Consultant
Diametric, Services Consultant
Michael Davies Consulting, Cost Consultant
Precinct Urban Planning, Town Planner

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