Macleod College | Kennedy Nolan

Macleod College | Kennedy Nolan | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Macleod College | Kennedy Nolan

Traditional Land Owners


COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Educational Architecture
J.R & B.L Kendall Pty Ltd
Derek Swalwell
Project summary

This project is a Science Centre for Macleod Secondary College which also attempts to suggest a new urban design approach for the future of the school and includes:
-direct but graduated connection between interiors and exteriors,
-porosity – an ability to see and move through buildings across the site,
-orientation to the north (against the prevailing grain of east and west orientation),
-carving out pockets of useful, habitable, space between buildings.

The architectural language draws heavily on Macleod’s 1970’s exemplars and incorporates dynamic skillions and an exploded plan which separates the parts with under-cover external areas. Rooms are discrete, cross-ventilated entities with diverse aspects, spatially complex and comfortably able to make use of both internal and external spaces for both educational and informal purposes. Boardwalks suggest a future campus urban design with long views into and beyond the site, a new de-institutionalised and kid-focused place.

National Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Educational Architecture
Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Award for Educational Architecture
Shortlist – COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Shortlist – Educational Architecture
Victorian Jury Citation

Kennedy Nolan’s Macleod College Science Centre breathes fresh air into this existing campus, with a contemporary response expressing a clear vision and confident identity. Strategic demolition unlocks opportunities for connections and courtyards, creating a highly legible and compelling campus, refreshing the public interface and inviting future development.

Working hard within constraints and consistently seeking opportunities for generosity, purposeful specialist teaching spaces are delivered with joyful highlights. Releasing circulation from corridors, breezeways cleverly allow porosity, inviting occupation and supporting the broader vision for a connected campus. Delightfully permeable bathrooms welcome light and air indoors.

Responding to the materiality of the existing 1970s buildings, the soft tonal external palette references the native bushland and settles comfortably into the surrounding landscape. A confident complimentary interior palette offers an inviting and uplifting interior. Bullnose-roof forms and curves create dynamic form, with considered details enabling clean simple lines.

Deftly articulated, this project feels effortless. Smart decisions have been made to provide texture and warmth within a robust palette. This astute care given to material selection, form and spatial planning provide great value. This project presents a highly engaging contemporary environment for learning, providing an optimistic template for public schools to come.

Victorian Jury Presentation
Project Practice Team

Danny Truong, Project Architect
Elizabeth Campbell, Project Architect
Hilary Duff, Project Architect
Patrick Kennedy, Design Architect
Rachel Nolan, Design Architect
Susan Syer, Design Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Brogue Consulting Engineering, Structural Engineer
BRT Consulting Engineers, Services Consultant
Simon Ellis Landscape Architects, Landscape Consultant
Urban Digestor, ESD Consultant

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Macleod College | Kennedy Nolan | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

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