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A shining example of how a heritage place can be creatively adapted to take on a new and important community role

Albert Park College — Environmental Arts Hub

  • Location: Albert Park
  • Client: Albert Park College
  • Status: Complete
  • Category: Education
  • Year: 2016
  • Photography: Simon James

AWARDS
City of Port Design & Development Award, Non–Residential, Winner, 2017

City of Port Phillip Design & Development Award, Heritage Conservation, Winner, 2017

• VSBA Victorian School Design Awards, Projects $1m‑$5m, Winner, 2017

• AIA National Architecture Awards, The Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage Architecture, Winner, 2017

AIA National Architecture Awards, Educational Architecture Award, Winner, 2017

AIA Victorian Architecture Awards, The Henry Bastow Award for Educational Architecture, Winner, 2017

Through a series of key design moves the heritage listed Naval Drill Hall and Post Office buildings have been transformed into an Environmental Arts Hub for 250 Year 9 students, 25 members of staff, artists in residence and local community members.

The unique curriculum and architectural setting called for the design of non‑traditional teaching spaces that celebrate the rare characteristics of the building to provide a creative and inspiring learning environment.

Although a complex project, involving multiple stakeholder groups, the project has delivered another life to two heritage buildings and is now a fabulous asset to both the College and the local community. Situated on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation.

“...The learning environment Six Degrees have created is truly spectacular. In my view we have set a benchmark for how all schools should be created.” Steve Cook, Principal, Albert Park Secondary College

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Post Office Pl entry