2017 National Architecture Awards: Interior Architecture Commendation

The Gipson Commons, St Michael’s Grammar School by Architectus Interior Architecture: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

Premised on the spatial order of a Balinese house compound, the serendipitous co-location of canteen, archives, an atrium and learning spaces establishes a stimulating learning environment. Neighbourhood “pavilions” structured around “streets” and “courtyards” provide both cohesion and variety. Spaces for individual exploration and reflection complement and extend those for more structured interaction. Learning here is witnessed by all, creating a sense that the quest for knowledge is a communal activity, in contrast to the isolated cells of traditional classrooms. This rich environment gathers the past into the learning of today and demonstrates the potential for pedagogies of the future.


Project Team
John Sprunt (principal in charge), Paulo Sampaio (design architect), Justine Brennan (project architect), Simon Farr (team leader), Justin Phillips (interior design), Thurston Empson, Jett O’Rourke
Acoustic consultant Acoustic Consulting Australia
Builder Contract Control Services
Building surveyor McKenzie Group
ESD and services Cardno/Edison
Landscape consultant CE Design
Project manager Gallagher Jeffs Consulting
Risk consultant Salus
Services engineer Cardno
Structural and civil engineer Cardno
Town planner Urbis
Vertical landscape consultant ASPECT Studios
Site details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Urban
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Schools
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 2 Nov 2017
Words: 2017 National Architecture Awards Jury
Images: Ian Davidson


Architecture Australia, November 2017

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