Hammond Park Catholic Primary School – Stage 1

Project Details

Architects
EIW Architects

Address
25 Woodrow Avenue Hammond Park, WA 6164 Australia

Submitter
EIW Architects

Cost
$6 918 300.00 + GST

Photographer
Silvertone Photography

Project Overview
The Stage 1 build for the Hammond Park Catholic Primary School has incorporated three new buildings within a unique bushland setting. The buildings have been design to reflect their natural environment, and are sited around a central outdoor common space creating a focus for whole-of-school and community events.

The Hammond Park Catholic Primary School site is unique in its excellent quality natural woodland context. While natural vegetation and site gradients are often eliminated to ensure ease of construction and access, EIW Architects felt this site could provide an impetus for students and staff to engage in a meaningful and stimulating interaction with their natural surrounds. With this in mind we created natural spaces between buildings to maintain and celebrate the natural landscape as a feature. The existing bushland becomes an exciting outdoor classroom of discovery and exploration, with pockets of vegetation kept throughout the site.

The design enables adaptability and fluidity to reflect the learning styles demanded of a contemporary learning environment. Internal flexible spaces allow for a range of learning modalities by modifying the configuration of relevant, loose furniture to suit current tasks. Connection to external spaces (both visually and physically) on all buildings to both the north and south encourages accessible and supervised nature play learning. All circulation spaces have been incorporated internally as alternative places for learning that facilitate small group work and individual activity. From large collaborative project work at tables, to small interactive discussion groups using ICT to support learning, to cooking together at the child friendly kitchen bench, all types of learning are possible.

All buildings have been designed with natural passive solar design principles, and incorporate clerestory windows, carefully located thermal mass, large verandahs, cross ventilation opportunities, natural low-VOC materials and highly insulated walls.