2017 National Architecture Awards: Sustainable Architecture Commendation

Mt Alvernia College Anthony and La Verna Buildings by M3 Architecture Sustainable Architecture: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

This Franciscan secondary school has a productive garden as its central focus, with classrooms, a canteen, a chapel and principals’ offices all looking onto this delightful space celebrating the healing power of nature. Repurposed rooms open up to the garden, taking advantage of cross-ventilation, while the new four-storey classroom wing is naturally ventilated and lit and protected by fabric shades. Water harvesting and a solar array are integral parts of the infrastructure. All spaces within this school are alive with pleasurable, sociable qualities and the spirit of healthy ongoing use – the very essence of social sustainability.

Read the article by Sheona Thomson from Architecture Australia Jul/Aug 2016.


Qld, Australia
Builder DG Wilson
Certifier Building Certifiers Australia
Civil consultant Mark Traucnieks Consulting
Electrical, mechanical, hydraulics engineers Aurecon
Geotechnical consultants Soil Surveys
Kitchen consultant FSDA
Landscape consultant Lat27
Quantity surveyor Steele Wrobel
Structural engineer Bligh Tanner
Surveyor Lawson Surveys
Town planner John Gaskell Planning Consultants
Site details
Location Brisbane,  Qld,  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: Christopher Frederick Jones


Architecture Australia, November 2017

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