Jonathan Clark’s renovation of the 1960s Longford Community School adds a colorful front for the two storey extension and partial conversion project. Extending from a lifeless masonry building, the choice of using colourful timber offers a nice contrast with a more aesthetic touch. Timber was chosen because the clients desired that the main material selection include environmentally friendly materials. The extension includes two classrooms and a fitness center on the ground level, and a library on the first floor. The interior also incorporates the vibrant color palette of the exterior, making the interior feel more “relaxed.” Aluminium grating panels provide solar control as well as some structural stiffening to the external structure. For the roof, the timber is clad with silver ‘Trespa’ panels that give the impression of “floating/sliding across the exposed timber roof beams.”
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