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St John the Apostle Primary School / Baldasso Cortese Architects

  • 18:00 - 13 April, 2015
St John the Apostle Primary School / Baldasso Cortese Architects
St John the Apostle Primary School / Baldasso Cortese Architects, © Peter Clarke
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  • Architects

  • Location

    54/76 Kingbird Avenue, Tarneit VIC 3029, Australia
  • Category

  • Design Director

    Steve Cortese
  • Design Architect

    Dev Mistry
  • Project Architect

    Ben Percy
  • Interior Designer

    Wuff Keeble
  • Technician

    Konrad Schaller
  • Graduate Architect

    Yau Nga
  • Builder

    David Pettitt, Marcus Lawrence – Magellan Projects
  • Landscape Architect

    Martyn Zdanius – LANDPROJECTS
  • Structure Engineer

    Duncan Bourke – Timber Imagineering
  • Service Engineers

    Arthur Tsarouhas – MacCormack Associates Consultants
  • Civil Engineer

  • Quantity Surveyor

    Vincent Lau – Prowse Quantity Surveyors
  • Acoustic Engineer

    Jim Antonopoulos – SLR Consulting Australia Pty Ltd
  • Building Surveyor

    Peter Shaw – BSGM Consulting Building Surveyors
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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Text description provided by the architects. The school represents the 1st step in a master plan developed in 2013 for a long term enrolment of 450 students and a peak enrolment of 600. The school has been designed as two pairs of learning communities; the schools long term intent is for stage 1 to accommodate 194 (P-2 year) students and future stages to accommodate 256 (3-6 year) students.

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As one enters you are greeted by a large welcoming community space encouraging the parents to stay for morning tea and chat. The space is also used by staff as a lounge and the intent is for food preparation demonstration to take place in the space. Once a week selected students have morning tea with the Principal.

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The school has been designed without a formal library which is now contained in a collaborative space providing direct access to all resources. The space also connects all spaces from entry through to learning communities and future stages.

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Students are grouped “Stage not Age” increasing engagement, they are taught to take increased responsibility for their learning.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

A regular floor plan has been pushed and pulled to achieve a variety of spaces internally and externally that features large openings to achieve a highly porous learning environment without losing the sense of intimacy and fun. The overall transparency between spaces connects learners and creates a great sense of community. Each learning space has direct access to the shared activity spaces whether they are small or large breakout spaces.

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A series of smaller spaces provide opportunity for informal or group learning including; a tiered seating corner with a curtain for privacy and an organic banquet in the collaborative space. Each learning area has a wet area with benches at varying heights and ample storage for art and craft activities.

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The brief originally called for a centrally located staff work and resource space; this has now become a collaborative breakout teaching space to work one on one with teacher or use for small group collaborative activities.


The embedding of High bandwidth IT infrastructure technology in the learning space – smart boards, networked and wireless connection to computers hand held devices adds to the flexibility demanded by the curriculum.

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Extensive use of timber for structure cladding both internally and externally provides a welcoming, warm serene backdrop to vibrantly coloured student works. Pin-board material play a key role in the widespread acoustic treatment, applied to walls, floors and ceilings. 

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