Tarni Warra is a dedicated new Middle School that supports the school’s vision to create innovative learning environments for year 7 and 8 students that are flexible, dynamic and conducive to the schools values of curiosity, courage and citizenship. The early adolescent community is provided a sense of belonging and positive learning identity by strategically locating the majority of their core subjects within a purpose-built learning environment for their ownership. Informed by the existing materiality of heritage listed school buildings, the building fosters strong elements of precast panels and metal cladding whilst still visibly a separate identity for the Middle School. These high quality finishes, alongside glazing attuned to the buildings orientation, provide strong views over the whole school precinct. Internal spaces are spread across two levels and configured in a ‘U’ shape with classrooms located along the perimeter of the building and a shared learning commons along the central spine. Opportunities for paired classes and team teaching are available between classrooms which can also be extended within the learning commons. Other contemporary spaces such as ‘think tanks’, ‘gallery’ and ‘forum’ areas provide alternative options and configurations for learning beyond the traditional classroom setting.
- Location North Brighton, South Australia
- Client Department for Education
- Completed 2021
- Budget $13.8M