2017 National Architecture Awards: Interior Architecture Commendation

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The Gipson Commons, St Michael’s Grammar School by Architectus.

The Gipson Commons, St Michael’s Grammar School by Architectus. Image: Ian Davidson

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.


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