Colourful Science: St Benedict’s

St Benedict’s Catholic College Science Building was recently announced as a finalist for the 2016 Dulux Colour Awards.

As part of the new secondary school’s masterplan – developed by Fulton Trotter Architects – the soon-to-be-unveiled Stage 3 includes two separate buildings: the new science building, containing six teaching labs and associated prep areas, and the School’s Administration building.

Colour is an important feature in the design of the science building, which brings science learning spaces to fruition.

Greg Isaac, Director says “We used colour to create focal points, break up the learning space and to accentuate important elements found within the interior. We’re thrilled that Dulux has recognised our innovation.”

This previously completed Stage 2 – a two storey classroom building – has received similar attention, as an innovative addition to the new school’s learning landscape. A covered outdoor learning area (COLA) forms the centrepiece and focal point for the site, which also houses six seniors’ classrooms on the first floor and food technology classrooms on the ground floor.

The form of the COLA is a modern take on the traditional Benedictine colonnade with the walkways surrounding the central gathering space framed by a series of concrete columns and beams. A lightweight, slender roof then floats over the colonnade covering the entire area.

The Art, Media and TAS buildings were the first stage of the St Benedicts College Masterplan and demonstrated the two building typologies which will be developed across the site.

There are currently 7 stages scheduled in the current masterplan, which is expected to be complete in 2019.