CharacteristicsFully sealed, high impact resistant and durable, fire-resistant, quick installation
With its aim to deliver the highest standards of modern learning environments, Brighton Secondary College is going through an entire campus redevelopment to deliver twenty-first-century teaching and learning. The first stage of the redevelopment is a new learning facility named the ‘da Vinci’ center that features James Hardie ExoTec Panel and System cladding.
Led by award-winning practice, Hayball Architecture, the $5 million facilities for science, arts, technology and general learning was part of a staged program of dramatic changes to existing buildings in need refurbishment. Purpose-built for students in years seven and eight, the new learning environments include a focus on transition, growing student autonomy and self-direction.
|Project Name||Brighton Secondary College|
|Location||Brighton East, Victoria|
|Building Designer||Brighton East, VIC|
|Product||ExoTec Panel and System|
At ground level are science laboratories connect to the schools' refurbished technology and design center, creating a multidisciplinary center of excellence and resources. The second level of the center includes four ultra-modern science labs that open to external learning spaces and indoor breakout study nooks with an upper level dedicated to learning and study areas for senior students.
The camera box design penetrates the north façade providing an activated, protected external area. James Hardie’s ExoTec cladding in primary colors give a striking look to the outdoor learning area and supported the overall design intent.
The site’s north-south orientation meant the original classrooms were overwhelmingly hot. Hayball overcame this by using deeply recessed windows with performance glazing and angled external fins. The use of ExoTec allowed calculated articulation of the buildings' form to play with the shadows to keep the hot sun out, without sacrificing light and views.
The modulation of panels and critical datum points of the ExoTec product meant that the design could be continued internally as well as externally; acute angles contrast with the obtuse linear paneling to create an external outdoor learning space.
James Hardie® fiber cement products are fire-resistant and suitable for use in applications where non-combustible materials are required in accordance with Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions C1.9 (e) of the NCC, Building Code of Australia Volume One Amendment 1.