Ambrose Treacy College - Senior School Precinct (Stage C)
Stage C is the third stage of the Senior Master plan developed with Ambrose Treacy College. The Senior Precinct comprises three educational buildings linked along the leafy ridgeline of the site, each with their own character.
The significant site trees along the ridge include substantial figs, eucalyptus and raintrees which are a striking asset but a challenge for planning a traditional shaped classroom building. The solution was to gently wrap and weave the new Tipperary building around the trees. This has resulted in a peaceful classroom outlook and a memorable journey for students traversing the canopy. The radial building set out of Tipperary has resulted in trapezoidal teaching spaces, which we believe are subliminally softer than a typical rectangular classroom. Like it’s form, the application of colour in Tipperary is unashamedly bold. A punchy spectrum of colour is fanned along the length of the building both inside and out. We are excited to work with a client who embraces colour and we feel it’s a worthy expression of the energy of the students within!
In great contrast to the whimsical Tipperary, Waterford is a very rectilinear and earnest building. Subtle in colour and distinguishable by its suspended and delicately perforated brick screen, Waterford is a three storey building that stands solidly at the end of the ridgeline. Accommodating the most mature students on campus, Waterford is honest, simple and robust.
The final building, the Francis Xavier Centre, is distinguishable by its unique steel space-frame structure under which the senior cohort can gather or engage in competition basketball. Working closely with the structural engineer, we redistributed the steel of a typical portal frame structure. The outcome was an equally efficient but elegant lightweight framework which is wrapped in a fabric of fiberglass that is luminous in the evenings. This is a signature building for the growing school and very visible to the wider community.
- Mark Trotter
- Bruce Hawley
- Hayley Crofts
- Michael Andrews
- Renee Bourke
- Kate Tempest
- Erin Dawson
- Photographer - Scott Burrows
- Photographer - Taryn Bell