John Paul College

A coastal inspired student-centered learning hub

Location: Bunurong Country, 161 Mcmahons Rd, Frankston VIC
Status: Complete

ClarkeHopkinsClarke have been working alongside John Paul College for nearly two decades delivering various projects that meet the needs of their future-focused and student-centered masterplan. The most recent addition to the Frankston campus is the Chaminade Centre, a double-storey learning building, that sets the benchmark and design language for the college as it evolves over the next 10 years.

With its planning and design strongly informed by the identity and ethos of the College, the Chaminade Centre serves as a dynamic focal point of the campus, seamlessly connecting students, educators, and the community in a multifunctional space that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration.

Drawing inspiration from its coastal location, the new learning building amplifies the coastal experience through thoughtfully integrated elements such as royal blue and teal feature walls, ocean inspired acoustic ceiling baffles, sweeping curved bulkheads and timber battening wave details.

At the core of our approach is the concept of connectivity. Acoustically isolated learning spaces are arranged around flexible central collaboration zones and are separated by operable glass walls that enhance visual connections as well as create reconfigurable spaces and opportunities for a variety of learning settings. Connecting the two levels is a tiered seating presentation space for large gatherings or spill out from the surrounding general learning spaces.