From an “environmental arts hub” adapted from two heritage buildings to a multipurpose performing arts centre housed in a former jail, the best school designs across Victoria have been recognized at the 2017 Victorian School Design Awards.
Conducted by the Victorian School Building Authority, the awards were open to architects and principal designers of government schools completed between January 2015 and June 2017.
Six Degrees Architects was the most successful practice, taking out two awards, while five other practices were also awarded across a total of seven categories.
The winners are:
Best primary school
Junior Learning Centre, Dandenong South Primary School – Hayball
Morwell Central Primary School – ClarkeHopkinsClarke
Wodonga West Children’s Centre, Wodonga West Primary School – NOWarchitecture
Best secondary school
Science and Maths Centre, Vermont Secondary College – Kneeler Design
Engineers’ Precinct, Castlemaine Secondary College – Y2 Architecture
Junior School Building, Whittlesea Secondary College – Maddison Architects
Best combined school
Mernda Central P-12 College – Clarke Hopkins Clarke
Senior School Building, Alamanda College – Brand Architecture
Best school project below $1 million
Media Hub, Albert Park College – Six Degrees Architects
Hazel Glen Scout Hall and Community Activity Centre, Hazel Glen College – MINX Architecture
Inclusive Space Special Purpose Pod, Huntingdale Primary School – Harwyn
Best school project between $1 million and $5 million
Environmental Arts Hub, Albert Park College – Six Degrees Architects
STEAM Innovation Hub, Hazel Glen College – MINX Architecture
Best School Project above $5 million
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo Senior Secondary College – Y2 Architecture
Coatesville Primary School Redevelopment – ClarkeHopkinsClarke
Newbury Primary School – Brand Architects
Ministerial commendation for best example of inclusive design
START (School TAFE Alliance for Regional Training) Trade Training Centre Chisholm TAFE, Frankston Campus – Gray Puksand
The Victorian School Building Authority was founded by the Andrews government as part of the 2016 budget to oversee the construction of all new government schools, as well improvements to existing schools.
First held in 2016 after a five-year hiatus, the annual school design awards aim to “acknowledge the creative contribution that architects and designers are making to a new wave of school design across the state.”
The 2017 Victorian School Design awards ceremony was held on 8 November at Zinc, in Melbourne’s Federation Square.
To see the full list of finalists and winners,head here.