|Wurundjeri Country, 55 Bedford Rd, Ringwood VIC
LEA Victorian Chapter Outstanding Learning Environments Awards 2018 - New Individual Facility (Commendation)
The new Junior School at Ringwood Secondary College replaced a series of existing relocatable buildings with a purpose-built home for the Year 7 & 8 student cohort, to support them in their transition through the middle school years.
We were working on a graduated site, which created complexities around split levels and angles of workable space. To achieve the required room configurations and layouts we tilted the roof, creating a double height space with tiered seating which is not prescriptive in use.
An Australiana inspired palette of warm timber, olive green and wattle yellow was selected to reference the nearby Dandenong Ranges. These textures and hues contribute to the creation of light-filled, inspirational spaces that have a connection to nature.
The design has definitely honoured the educational brief and has exceeded our expectations. Our students and teachers love being in this building!