2018 National Architecture Awards: National Commendation for Educational Architecture

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Highgate Primary School New Teaching Building by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects.

Highgate Primary School New Teaching Building by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects. Image: Peter Bennetts

Highgate Primary School New Teaching Building by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects
Educational Architecture: National Commendation
Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

The project includes the addition of four primary and four preprimary classrooms at the state-listed historic school site and provides for a variety of experiences, opening views to the surrounding streets and the distant city while allowing an intimacy in literally tracking and mapping direct sunlight, the winter solstice and the beginning and end of the school year. It gives students new ways of seeing their broader environment and sustainability, by developing an educational tool based on light, colour and pattern. The jury was impressed by the way the architects have shifted the primary education model within typically rigid departmental guidelines.


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