2017 National Architecture Awards: Sustainable Architecture Commendation

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Mt Alvernia College Anthony and La Verna Buildings by m3architecture.

Mt Alvernia College Anthony and La Verna Buildings by m3architecture. Image: Christopher Frederick Jones

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.


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