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  6. PEGS Junior Boys School / McBride Charles Ryan

PEGS Junior Boys School / McBride Charles Ryan

  • 01:00 - 22 August, 2011
PEGS Junior Boys School / McBride Charles Ryan
PEGS Junior Boys School / McBride Charles Ryan, Courtesy of  mcbride charles ryan / john gollings
Courtesy of mcbride charles ryan / john gollings

Courtesy of  mcbride charles ryan / john gollings Courtesy of  mcbride charles ryan / john gollings Courtesy of  mcbride charles ryan / john gollings Courtesy of  mcbride charles ryan / john gollings +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Architect

    McBride Charles Ryan
  • Project Team

    Rob McBride, Principal Architect; Debbie-Lyn Ryan, Principal Architect; Benedikt Josef, Project Manager; Amelia Borg, Natasha Maben
  • Engineer

    Hive Engineering
  • Services Engineer

    Medland Metropolis
  • Builder

    Contract Control
  • Building Surveyor

    Davis Langdon
  • Area

    1650.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of mcbride charles ryan / john gollings

From the architect. Penleigh and Essendon Junior Boys School began in an Italianate mansion on windy hill, opposite the Essendon Footy Club. This building is exceptional in a residential area where Federation housing dominates. Slowly the school has accumulated much of the property in the block bounded by Nicholson, Raleigh, Napier & Fletcher Streets. Many of the ‘houses’ are now occupied by the school. This new project, a two story year 5 & 6 block with 3 classrooms above and below, is an important addition to the school and public interface to Nicholson Street.

Courtesy of  mcbride charles ryan / john gollings
Courtesy of mcbride charles ryan / john gollings

McBride Charles Ryan wanted this building to acknowledge and exploit its unusual urban condition. All wanted this building to be a unique acknowledgment of an important threshold stage in the boy’s school life. All wanted more than just good accommodation, and McBride Charles Ryan wanted a building of the imagination.

Courtesy of  mcbride charles ryan / john gollings
Courtesy of mcbride charles ryan / john gollings

This proposal takes just the silhouette of a Federation Home, it is up-scaled, extruded and sliced. The front of the building might be described perhaps as a haunted house, the centre (the extrusion) is vaguely a Shinto Shrine, the rear (which interfaces with the schools ovals), if you squint - The Big Top.

Courtesy of  mcbride charles ryan / john gollings
Courtesy of mcbride charles ryan / john gollings

The planning is arranged so as to provide northern courtyards to the ground floor classrooms, upstairs the corridor is switched to reduce overlooking to the adjacent neighbor. The ground floor Grade 5 classrooms have rich deep colors and an earthy ambience. The first floor is ethereal. With more than a nod to Utzons Bagsvaerd Church the complex silhouette is smoothed to a cloud like shape. The extruded chimney a source of light and a means of naturally ventilating the classroom space.

Courtesy of  mcbride charles ryan / john gollings
Courtesy of mcbride charles ryan / john gollings
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CHERRY TOMATO ???! · July 09, 2012

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Graeme McNee · July 06, 2012

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georg · August 23, 2011

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llama · August 22, 2011

The building is actually pretty interesting and looks very well constructed. But lord, PLEASE, can you write just a little bit more intelligently about it!

" The front of the building might be described perhaps as a haunted house... the rear.. if you squint – The Big Top."

Did one of the school children write this post?? Grrrrr.

Teddy · August 24, 2011 06:10 PM

The building is best understood by its participants -- the children. So, that kind of language is appropriate.

Tosh · August 22, 2011

The elevation drawing is probably the most successful one.

miesosoup · August 23, 2011 01:46 AM

there are no elevation drawings.

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