The OLSH Senior Years Centre is an innovative response to the school’s desire to create an aspirational learning environment for the multi-cultural all-girl student population. The entire premise for the Year 11-12 Centre was driven by the creation of a learning environment that will readily adapt to changing educational requirements over time. Whilst the first stage of development provided new science laboratories and general learning areas, a subsequent stage inserted a new Independent Learning Area which has remained highly successful for students. The independent learning area converts existing floor space into fluid, flexible areas that can be readily converted into a variety of group work areas by students, with support utilities close at hand. This level of flexibility allows the Senior Years Centre to move from rigid space to more flexible space in a seamless manner and integrate senior studies under a cohesive umbrella of learning and life skill education. Importantly, the design created a building with a significant visual statement to Regency Road, incorporating vivid colours within a replicated theme of ‘Mondrian’ elevation patterns. Given the school’s mix of girls from often socially disadvantaged or refugee families, the use of colour to add vibrancy was a deliberate school request to achieve a positive learning environment.
- Location Enfield, South Australia
- Client Catholic Education (CESA)
- Completed 2010
- Budget $5M