Far North Queensland
The first Catholic school in Australia co-located on a University campus, founding principal Lauretta Graham said “the architecture permeates every facet. On entering it encourages students and staff to think. Strong mathematical undertones add to its intrigue making the design perfect for a ‘John Newman school’ Newman, 1801-1889, studied at Oxford. An academic, Anglican Vicar, converting to Catholicism, patron to construction of new churches, schools, teaching “to reach out towards truth and grasp it.” Becoming a saint in October 2019.
> “that same month we completed our first sketch, a four storey, transparent building, allowing views through to mountains, rainforest, and creek, reinforcing strong connection to landscape. Circulation lifted to the first level concourse, reducing travel to two flights up or one flight down. Stairs, legible, fun, created as sticky spaces for gathering, sitting or learning. Rising through the central vertical commons like an Escher drawing’’ – Roger Mainwood – TPG Architects Director.
Located on the Cairns campus of James Cook University, Newman Catholic College is the first stage of a new school that sits between highway, bushland, and university sporting fields. The vertical school model, while unexpected in the region, is perfectly suited to its context.
The necessarily large building projects a solid presence towards passing traffic but is masterfully planned to reveal an unexpected permeability and sense of theatre in the unfolding spaces beyond.
Designed for the tropical climate, its deep shade and large component of natural ventilation, along with generously framed views of the adjacent mountains, bring a sense of lightness and connection to the landscape.
Aimee Bellette, Project Architect
Alicia Blaho, Student of Architecture
Edi Piagno, Project Architect
Gilbert Foster, Architectural Technician
Liam Oastler, Building Designer
Margarita Zorrilla, Graduate of Architecture
Richard Bonney, Architectural Technician
Roger Mainwood, Design Architect
Stefanie Field, Project Architect
Tom Sefton, Graduate of Architecture
All Construction Approvals, Building Surveyor
ARUP Australia, Acoustic Consultant
ARUP Australia, ESD Consultant
ARUP Australia, Structural Engineer
CivilWalker Consulting, Civil Consultant
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Gilboy Hydraulic Solutions, Hydraulic Consultant
LA3 Landscaoe, Landscape Consultant
Sequal Consulting Group, Electrical Consultant
Sequal Consulting Group, Mechanical Engineer