Creating a new satellite campus for Albert Park College, the Liberal Arts Centre at Pickles Street, South Melbourne provides calm and reflective learning spaces in a refurbished heritage school building. It is complemented by three new timber pavilions in a considered native landscape setting.

The Centre respects the significant heritage and existing landscape qualities of the site while providing a variety of flexible and adaptable learning environments suitable for today’s pedagogy.

The existing building was repaired and restored, with its internal volume and quality of light celebrated and internal spaces repurposed and reimagined.

The timber pavilion additions are sited in response to existing site constraints, utilising opportunities to frame views into and connect with the newly planted landscape, nestling under the canopies of the existing mature trees on site.

Awards:

AIA Victorian Architecture Awards: Educational Architecture Commendation
2019

AIA Victorian Architecture Awards: Heritage Architecture Commendation
2019

Date:

2018

Photography:

Peter Clarke