Baldivis Secondary College

CompanyJCY Architects and Urban Designers
ClientLibby Guj
DesignerElisabetta Guj – Project and Design Director, Scott McConn – Director, Will Thomson – Project Architect, John Sullivan – Project Architect, Jason Welten – Draftsperson, Charles Thwin – Architectural Technician, Finnbar Ingram – Graduate Architect, Hean Wei Phay – Draftperson, Kaine Jenkins - Draftperson, Fionna Walker Hart – Interiors, Leonie Cownie – Interiors
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Entry Description

While a new school in a new sub-division, Baldivis Secondary College is located within an established and historic community which has traditionally been focused on market gardening and industry and has developed a strong focus on sustainability and community. Planning was based on the establishment of the ‘learning warehouse’ as the core of the school, a 120M long undercover warehouse roof constructed as a series of expressed truss framed structural bays which form an east-west axis bookended by the Sports Hall to the freeway and the Performing Arts building at the schools entry to the west. This warehouse roof dissects the site and creates the central core around which the primary shared and core functions of the school are located, including library, administration, general learning and science communities and the cafe. The intent of this project was to create a diversity of undercover space which is informed by the interrelationships between building elements under the overarching ‘umbrella’ that is the warehouse roof. A materials technology building is located to the north. Industrial building elements form the aesthetics of the building composition. The colours are chosen from the ‘safety’ palette and the long form of the cafe allows pedestrian passage over its roof to connect the upper levels. This is a school which can be travelled through, under, over and around and focuses on the dynamics of its students as the heart of its activity. The material palette is durable and reflects the industrial contextual setting. The facades are a dynamic composition of off-white precast concrete, aluminium chequerplate and coloured metaldeck sheeting articulated with expressed steelwork frames. The concrete panels have been detailed with cast-in relief patterns to provide texture and shadowplay across the facades whilst the colorbond sheeting and chequerplate shimmer and reflect light and colour from all vantage points.