This project recently won an IESANZ SA/NT lighting Award of Excellence.
The judges stated: “It was evident from the street as soon as we arrived at the site that this was going to be something special. An excellent example of project coordination between all design partners – architect, interior designer, engineer, lighting designer and client. The integration of architecture and lighting is exceptional. The attention to detail by all involved (including the electrical contractor is first-rate. All involved in this project should be commended on an excellent result.”
Project Architects: Emily Chalk & Craig Buckberry, Russell & Yelland
Lighting Designers: Robert Bartosik & Anthony Davidson, Secon Consulting Engineers
In July 2016 the SA Government announced a stimulus package for the creation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) facilities in 139 public schools across South Australia.
Construction of the Brompton Primary School STEM project commenced in December 2016 with a site visit from the Minister for Education and Child Development, the Hon. Susan Close. It will be one of the first of the STEM Works projects to be completed.
The design aims to encourage hands-on making and open-ended creative investigations.The robust finishes and open-plan workshop feel will show that the space is not ‘precious’ – it’s there to be used and it’s okay to make a mess!
The children will be the ‘star of the show’, with many locations for displaying and celebrating their work. Almost every surface will be interactive, including the ceiling, which is designed for hanging things from. Wall surfaces will used for display, storage, creation and collaboration, via a lego wall, pegboards, slat wall and whiteboards.
The four zones in the STEM space are denoted by different flooring, but are all interconnected, allowing multiple patterns of use. The dark room space is more formal, used for presentations, demonstrations, green-screen work and light experiments. The timber structure around the dark room is designed to with exposed connections to show how it was assembled.
The STEM space will connect to the courtyard and the veggie garden, as well as into the classrooms to the north. STEM will not be a ‘special’ activity but a normal part of the school day, easily accessible and highly visible.
To visualise this project in 3D, click on the image below to jump into a panoramic 3D representation. Each label will take you to a different view.
digital maker space
wet activity area
dry activity area
If you have a smartphone and want a more immersive experience you can equip yourself with a viewer such as the google cardboard and rotate your phone to have the views formatted in stereoscopic.
John Held and Craig Buckberry represented Russell & Yelland at Mt Gambier on 14th January when the Vice Chancellor and President of UniSA, Prof. David Lloyd, and the Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement and Equity, Laura-Anne Bull, celebrated the start of construction of Mt Gambier’s new Learning Centre.
Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning Judy Nagy complimented the design team of Guida Moseley Brown and Russell & Yelland for their willingness to fully understand the local context of the project.
The existing manual arts facility at Unity College accommodates subjects such as Woodwork, Home Economics, Photography and Art. As part of the recent round of Trade Skills funding the school was presented with an opportunity to expand their manual arts program to accommodate metalwork.
Russell and Yelland Architects have developed a designed solution to extend the existing building, providing an additional and updated workshop to house the new machinery, improved access to CAD facilities and create a space that will satisfy the school’s needs. This project was completed for the 2015 School Year
A few years ago I was involved in a research program for young professionals facilitated by CEFPI (Council of Educational Facility Planners International) called the Mayfield Project. Our submission consisted of a number of case studies which explored the relationship between pedagogy and the built environment. I examined a recently completed open plan science lab building. The process had a huge influence on my professional development and the results changed the way I viewed educational design, they are summarised below:
A teachers classroom is like their home, it needs to be secure, provide privacy while being adaptable with good links to a range of spaces. Multi purpose or flexible spaces run the risk of becoming homeless. Openness and transparency can come at the expense of privacy and security. This Science Centre designed as open plan for accessibility attempts to find a middle ground.
Salisbury East High School’s popular dance curriculum has informed the design of a new Arts Facility to be constructed within the heart of the school.
Education in the Arts is pushing for creative, flexible spaces within schools to adapt to the fluid nature of teaching creative endeavours.
Together with key stakeholders we have rationalised the current building stock to make way for a Performing Arts building that embraces contemporary education in the Arts. John Held’s initial concept of wrapping the building upon itself to create a sheltered learning space has been interwoven by interiors that layer upon themselves to create drama and performance within the communal spaces.
From inception, the Galilee Catholic School was considered to be simply one part of the overall local community – a place for all, to learn, meet and chat, for creating and reinforcing links between different sectors of the community in the pursuit of life-long learning.
To achieve this, they have had to re-think schooling and innovate at many levels.
Innovation is defined as doing something different: introducing new things. The innovation at Galilee school since its inception has not been about the newest technology or slick buildings, but about deep thought about its role in the community and the underlying educational philosophy.
Since master planning for the school started in 2005 the design has tried to respond to that approach through its site layout and the planning of the units.