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