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Sacred Heart Primary School Library / Suters Architects

  • 01:00 - 21 November, 2010
Sacred Heart Primary School Library / Suters Architects
Sacred Heart Primary School Library / Suters Architects, © Gollings Photography
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  • Architects

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    Kew, Victoria, Australia
  • Architects

    Suters Architects
  • Project Team

    Joshua McAlister, Stasinos Mantzis, Wilson Heng, Peter Smith
  • Building Contractor

    Contract Control
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. The big idea behind the new Sacred Heart Primary School Library was to create an interior which referenced the religious culture of the school in a subtle way using a reinterpretation of the visual language of Catholicism. It explicitly drives innovative design thinking by having the school’s identity manifest itself on the exterior and interior of the building, via imagery of the school’s name sake, The Sacred Heart. This provides a sense of place particular to the client group, the Parish of the Sacred Heart.

© Gollings Photography
© Gollings Photography

The project was an urban infill exercise with the site being an asphalt playground placed between two impressive nineteenth century buildings, the Sacred Heart Church and the adjacent School Hall. Care was taken to respectfully balance the library between these autonomous presences while adding to the continuity of the site.

© Gollings Photography
© Gollings Photography

The literal expression of the bleeding heart of Jesus is represented in plan as a morph of a series of traditional heart shapes. Images of the Human Heart bisected by a Love Heart form the base geometry for the layout of the walls. This starting point produces a distorted plan which does not address the polite ideas of scale or proportion but rather a fantastical urban condition.

© Gollings Photography
© Gollings Photography

The client required a multi-functional space that functioned as an I.T. classroom, Library, Reading Recovery and a Learning Centre. The multi disciplinary space is large and column free, dissected with a high level clerestory roof formed from the overarching Crown of Thorns. The clerestory encourages a reliance on natural lighting and natural ventilation, lifting the teaching space from utilitarian to one possessing ethereal qualities with a double volume reminiscent of the adjacent church and halls.

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jessica · November 24, 2010

Given the description of what the school wanted, and their being catholic -- it seems perfect to me!
It looks incredible and it shows how sensitive this team were to the spiritual and creative needs of the children utilising this space. Im sure the pope would give it two thumbs up ;)

Adrian · November 23, 2010

Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis playing in the background.

Emma · November 23, 2010 10:57 AM

or MC Hammer's 'Can't touch this' [up enough].

Gabriel Outten · November 23, 2010

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apples · November 23, 2010

I like it. I'm not an architect but I like the concept and the building itself, and yes it does look kind of fun too!

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F379 · November 22, 2010

I agree that it is an awful, hideous, irrational and arbitrary building... However, to a child, i think this is perfect... it looks so fun to be inside/ around and at the end of the day, this is what a school needs to be, not a sterile stifling environment but possibly a fluorescent pink, exciting place.

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Q · November 22, 2010

despite some weird things you have to admit that it responds to its site quite well. I love the thin little passages between the existing buildings.

Dude · November 22, 2010

Someone should be banned from practicing architecture.

ric · November 23, 2010 12:36 PM

Someone should be banned from leaving unconstructive comments on the site!!!!
Josh, this is way coool!!! LOVE the colors and the angles are great too!!!

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