The project reimagines a conglomeration of six different buildings that presented an amorphous, impenetrable wall of building dividing the Star campus.
The transformative gesture was to create a portico at ground level through the 1930s infill, immediately providing ground level connection between the east and west campuses.
External accretions were removed, and new entrances and Chapel connections enable a new spiritual engagement. Floor levels were rationalised, and new vertical circulation provides universal access.
Internal demolition created flexible learning and gathering spaces for senior students and staff. Structural roof forms are revealed internally, enabling different layers of history to be understood. Light filled, voluminous spaces offer a variety of pedagogical settings enabling collaborative and facilitative models.
The College history has been referenced through the retention of key elements of the original buildings and is celebrated in a collage of new collaborative and instructive spaces that honour the architectural integrity of place.
Angus Wishart, Design Architect
Dan Bisetto, Design Architect
John Lee, Design Architect
John Rice, Project Architect
ACOR Consultants, Services Consultant
Before Compliance Pty Ltd, DDA consultant
Dobbs Doherty Pty Ltd, Fire engineering consultant
Hellier McFarland, Land surveyor
Leigh Design Pty Ltd, Waste management
Miglic MacLeod, Structural Engineer
Natalie Gray Pty Ltd, Town Planner
Openwork Pty Ltd, Landscape Consultant
RBS (Melb) Pty Ltd, Building Surveyor
Root Partnership, Project Manager
Wilde & Woollard, Quantity Surveyor