NSW Department of Education
The redevelopment of the Alexandria Park Community School accommodates up to 1,000 primary school students and 1,200 secondary school students in a comprehensive K-12 school that embraces innovative learning pedagogies in a connected and spirited learning community.
At its core, this design called ‘Clouds’ embraces the idea of a precinct that is inviting and fosters a sense of community engagement. By locating the built elements along the western boundary, the new school building presents an animated backdrop to the expansive setting of Alexandria Park and maximises the opportunity for a consolidation of all outdoor play spaces within the school site.
The formal expression of this design directly reflects the pedagogy of the learning hubs described in the educational model – both in the primary and high school learning precincts. It fosters the key concept of stage based learning and physically delivers this concept in an integrated way.
The metaphor of ‘clouds’ is central to the delivery of a meaningful and connected project identity, becoming a playful idea that reflects the natural and digital world. The use of a sinuous and fluid perforated aluminium screen unifies the school and touches all aspects of the K-12 school.
The new building is set in a rich landscape setting that interprets the natural and cultural systems of the local area, facilitates a real and meaningful connection to the indigenous community and provides a wide range of opportunities for inclusion and connected learning.