We are proud to announce that the recently completed Guildford Grammar Preparatory School has received a commendation at the Educational Facilities Awards - Australasian Region 2016 under the category of New Construction / Major Facility. This recognition is testament to the dedication and vision of a truly exceptional client, Stephen Webber, Headmaster, Kent Peters, Bursar and the School Council at Guildford Grammar.
The new Preparatory School, opened earlier this year, sets new benchmarks in education design, blurring the lines between learning and play to deliver an interactive campus unlike any in Western Australia. As architects, we feel privileged to have worked with Guildford Grammar in delivering this inspiring campus.
Jury Comments: Guildford Grammar Preparatory School's collection of three new two-storey buildings for Years I to 6 students and teachers are designed to promote fun, play and exploration. Each building is structured around a visually transparent and physically permeable central street – the social spine of the building that provides vertical and horizontal connections between the interior learning spaces as well as places of kinaesthetic learning, movement and play. These spaces are shared by children of different ages and have become important venues for younger children seeking guidance from older children who in turn are developing valuable skills as leaders. Children working independently in the shared spaces maintain visual contact with their supervising teacher who is working with other groups of children in an adjacent classroom space.
The intent of the masterplan to create a connected learning landscape is evident in the relationship between the three buildings, direct access between indoor and outdoor spaces, and purposefully designed outdoor setting that invite active play with water and sand. The material language of the buildings, red brick and zinc, is sympathetic to the architectural heritage of the campus and large sandstone slabs help to integrate the buildings into their landscaped surroundings. Inside the buildings are light and bright. A colour pallet of white, greys, black and the soft gold of natural ply is punctuated occasionally by carefully executed bursts of bright colour that are used to highlight, such as soft furnishings, personal storage units, reading nooks and crawl spaces. The spatial opportunities created inside these buildings and exterior spaces they help define are designed to free children and teachers from the limitations of four walls and provoke them to ask “what if…what next?” in a connected learning environment.
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The new Guildford Grammar Preparatory School blurs the lines between learning and play, delivering an interactive campus.