The Brighton Grammar Wellbeing Centre was conceived as a versatile space that would act as a focal point for the School’s Wellbeing program, supporting diverse uses and users and providing an environment of calm and contemplation. The facility was developed to accommodate a diversity of activities including assembly, meditation, yoga, massage, workshops and functions, and to provide a place for students, staff, teachers and the wider school community to meet and connect.
Transforming an existing disused chapel on the main campus, the design reflects the school’s core premise of boy centred learning through creating a masculine aesthetic which forms the foundation for the overall ambience of calm and tranquillity. This sets the scene for the Wellbeing activities and enables users to define themselves within the space.
Key to the planning of the Wellbeing Centre was to maintain a sense of open space while also providing smaller, more intimate zones. The large hall was divided into 2 main areas, a large carpeted space which facilitates large and medium sized group presentations and workshops, and another similar sized space lined with timber flooring for mind and body activities such as meditation and yoga. Intimate learning pods facilitating small group discussion and collaboration activate the perimeter of the workshop/presentation zone, and the existing alcove which previously housed the chapel’s organ has been transformed into an inviting conversation pit. A bespoke water feature, made from reclaimed organ pipes, pays homage to the historic use of the space, providing a visual separation between the two main spaces, while the sound of running water is a form of white noise that creates a sound barrier and contributes to the calming atmosphere.