Sunshine Coast Grammar School - Visual Art Centre | Deicke Richards

Sunshine Coast Grammar School - Visual Art Centre | Deicke Richards | Photographer: Mindi Cooke

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Sunshine Coast Grammar School - Visual Art Centre | Deicke Richards

Traditional Land Owners
Dyungungoo (Gubbi Gubbi)
Year
2023
Chapter

Queensland

Region

Sunshine Coast

Category
Educational Architecture
Builder
Kane Constructions
Photographer
Mindi Cooke
Project summary

The new Visual Arts Building at Sunshine Coast Grammar School provides a future-focused art facility for all students within the school.

The project was uncovered as a priority during our master planning process with the school, which explored existing and emerging practices of learning within the beautiful and nature-focussed campus.

Originally envisioned as a refurbishment project, the complex flooding issues within the site required a new building, allowing the school to develop a purpose-built centre that responds thoughtfully to both its function and the much-loved campus setting.

The Visual Arts Centre is a robust and contemporary building that accommodates a multidisciplinary hands-on art curriculum. Its sawtooth roof and expressed roof structure evoke an industrial aesthetic that is in stark contrast to the domestic language of the original campus buildings. The building has set up a new direction for the campus where the nature of the learning activity is clearly expressed.

The Visual Art Centre has given our very successful art programme the physical space that it deserves. The studio spaces are light-filled, spacious and with all the necessary storage and outdoor areas that make teaching and learning in these spaces a delight for students and staff. The high visibility of the gallery space is wonderful for our student work and has allowed students right across the school to engage with the art programme. We are thrilled to have a purpose built art centre that not only meets our current needs but is flexible and robust for the future.

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Sunshine Coast Grammar School - Visual Art Centre | Deicke Richards | Photographer: Mindi Cooke

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