Year 9 Yuulong Campus, Ballarat Clarendon College | WBa

Year 9 Yuulong Campus, Ballarat Clarendon College | WBa | Photographer: John Gollings

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Year 9 Yuulong Campus, Ballarat Clarendon College | WBa

Traditional Land Owners
Eastern Maar


COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Educational Architecture
Regional Prize (VIC)
Spence Construction
John Gollings
Project summary

The design of Ballarat Clarendon College’s Year 9 ‘Yuulong’ Campus largely evolved from the bushfire risk management of the site, in addition to a landslide risk assessment and the mitigation of tree and vegetation clearing. As such, very limited areas of the site were appropriate to be built on, making the siting of facilities meticulously considered.

The brief from the school was to design the campus buildings comprising of common spaces, a bushfire refuge, student dormitories and staff housing, to have a minimum lifespan of 40 years and to incorporate passive solar design principles where possible. In addition, the impact of development on the site and to the environment was to be minimised.

Working concurrently with these physical brief requirements was the balance of designing a home away from home for students equipped with appropriate comfort and safety precautions, whilst facilitating a challenging remote term.

Victorian Jury Presentation

The campus design of Yuulong successfully facilitates the ambition of the program: to support the cognitive, creative and ethical development of our students outside of a traditional classroom context.

Ultimately, an exemplar educational facility led by site responsiveness and sustainability was delivered. Operating within the purpose-built architecture has provided students with a balance of independence and camaraderie, freedom and structure, challenge and comfort; benefiting their lives for the program duration and beyond.

Project Practice Team

Colin Brandt, Architect
Danica Foo, Graduate of Architecture
Katsuto Ikeda, Graduate of Architecture
Peter Williams, Director
Peter Wolf, Documentation
Tim Lang, Design Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Cundall, Services Engineer
MDG, Landscape Architect
OPS Engineers, Structural Engineer
St Quentin Consulting Pty Ltd, Geotechnical Engineer / Land Surveyor
SWA, Building Surveyor
Terramatrix, Bushfire Consultant
Tract Consultants Pty Ltd, Town Planner
Turner & Townsend Pty Ltd, Quantity Surveyor

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Year 9 Yuulong Campus, Ballarat Clarendon College | WBa | Photographer: John Gollings

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