New South Wales
Schools at Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct (SMEEP) is a new state government school for 2,600 students from ages 5-18, with integrated but separate primary and high schools. The school is part of the New South Wales Government urban schools programme, providing high density multi-level buildings in inner city locations.
Many of the existing trees on the site predated the western colonisation of Australia and all have been retained to amplify connections to nature. Within these trees, the building programme has been organised into two twin five storey bars, which frame the central hill of libraries.
The four-level library, which also houses an auditorium, study spaces and a commuter room, connects the two wings, with a series of landscaped terraces cascading down the centre of the facility towards the surrounding gardens. This design allows for natural ventilation and for every level of the building to have direct access to nature.