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  7. Guildford Grammar Preparatory School / Christou Design Group

Guildford Grammar Preparatory School / Christou Design Group

  • 17:00 - 24 May, 2016
Guildford Grammar Preparatory School / Christou Design Group
Guildford Grammar Preparatory School  / Christou Design Group , © Douglas Mark Black
© Douglas Mark Black

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  • Structural Engineer

    Wood & Grieve
  • Civil Engineer

    Wood & Grieve
  • Landscape Architect

    4 Landscape Studio
  • Building Surveyor

    John Massey Group
  • ESD

    Wood & Grieve
  • Acoustics Consultant

    Gabriels Environment Design
  • Hydraulic Engineer

    Wood & Grieve
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Wood & Grieve
  • Electrical Engineer

    Electrical Services Consulting
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Ralph Beattie Bosworth
  • Public Artist

    Anne Neil
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© Douglas Mark Black
© Douglas Mark Black

Text description provided by the architects. The new Preparatory School creates a series of individual linked buildings set within the landscape, linked by courtyards, play spaces and learning breakout spaces. Guildford Grammar School is situated in the heart of Western Australia’s Swan Valley. Located on the Swan River, the site nestles into the floor plain and wetlands of this ecosystem.

© Douglas Mark Black
© Douglas Mark Black

The buildings are oriented to capture views to the floodplain and strategic elements of the campus; and to allow for the connection of external learning with the internal classroom environment.

© Douglas Mark Black
© Douglas Mark Black

Woven throughout the project is the notion of learning and play, and the integration of these as part of the whole. Sliding, climbing, tunneling and waterplay all break down barriers between traditional learning environments and a more contemporary pedagogy.

© Douglas Mark Black
© Douglas Mark Black

The material character of the project differs from outside, in. Like a jewel box, the solid and steady external character of the brick, zinc and sandstone reference the campus and fabric of historic Guildford, an area rich in heritage. These give way internally to a play of warm plywood, vibrant colours, soft and slippery surfaces, inviting exploration and inhabitation.

© Douglas Mark Black
© Douglas Mark Black
Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
© Douglas Mark Black
© Douglas Mark Black

The plan is centered around a courtyard and streets which connect horizontally and vertically, linking play, breakout and learning spaces. Colour and texture animate the spaces creating a transparent and engaging learning environment for the preparatory school, placing learning on display.

© Douglas Mark Black
© Douglas Mark Black

The sequencing of classroom, transition, breakout and courtyards provide a continuum of integrated flexible learning spaces to be explored by new methods of learning, technologies and pedagogies.

© Douglas Mark Black
© Douglas Mark Black

The project incorporates active and passive sustainable design strategies to minimise embodied carbon and energy use through its operation. Natural light, ventilation, water harvesting and solar energy are all visible aspects of the design which contribute to environmental awareness and energy efficiency. These systems integrate with water courses; natural and man-made, to further enhance the connection to the wetland ecosystem. The building acts as a tool for teaching and learning about the site and its ecology.

© Douglas Mark Black
© Douglas Mark Black
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Guildford Grammar Preparatory School / Christou Design Group " 24 May 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/787742/guildford-grammar-preparatory-school-christou-design-group/> ISSN 0719-8884
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西澳大利亚 Guildford Grammar 预备学校 / Christou Design Group