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Bunbury Catholic College, Stage 1

The new Mercy campus of Bunbury Catholic College is located in a housing estate in Australind and was undertaken in JV with CODA Studio. Stage one of the building programme has included three buildings: a Technology & Enterprise block, the Learning Commons (library, canteen and administration) and a classroom building that is designed to meet the needs of Young Adult Learners. The campus is arranged using internal streets and colonnades with a town square that forms the civic heart of the school.

The architecture of the buildings has an urban nature and utilises masonry walls that are “carved out” to create large and small spaces that can be inhabited by individuals and groups. The heavy mass of bricks provides a durable finish that simultaneously has a human scale with deep window reveals that provide shade and create a rhythmic facade.

The buildings are designed around towers, tall brick forms that are reminiscent of both church spires and farmhouse chimneys. These towers serve multiple practical purposes; to draw light deep into the buildings, to obscure roof located service infrastructure, to draw air through and naturally ventilate the buildings – but their primary significance is to be as place markers that identify both the buildings and the school.

The building exteriors are formal and singular using masonry as the primary material giving permanence and a “civic heart” to the school.  Through the collaging of texture, colour and materials such as brick, concrete and ply, a series of dynamic internal streets have been created with ample opportunity to pause and connect. Throughout, we see moments of delight as brick walls graciously curve and whimsical patterns are created through a deliberately hit and miss pattern.

This project reveals the positive impact of joyful and considered school design on both the children and community that it serves.

Award: 2015 Think Brick Awards “Horbury Hunt Commercial Award”

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Bunbury Catholic College, Stage 1
Bunbury Catholic College, Stage 1
Bunbury Catholic College, Stage 1
Bunbury Catholic College, Stage 1
Bunbury Catholic College, Stage 1
Bunbury Catholic College, Stage 1