Saturday19 August 2017

Grimshaw reveals Aussie school design

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Building will be home to 3,000 pupils

Grimshaw has unveiled plans for a 14-storey school in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta.

The architect has teamed up with local practice BVN for the work which will see a high school and primary school built at the same site.

It will house 3,000 students in total and be the new home for the Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School.

Each school is comprised of small personalised units, or ‘home bases’, with students from across a range of ages and backgrounds.


Grimshaw Parramatta

The high school (right) and the lower storey secondary school


The 66 m high secondary school houses six home-bases within a series of large two storey spaces. With stacked mezzanines and outdoor learning terraces, each home base contains science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics facilities at all of the building’s levels.

The primary school runs across four storeys and includes three home-base areas and a kindergarten. These are interlinked horizontally and vertically with stairs, terraces and platforms.

Each home base will accommodate up to 280 primary and 330 secondary students.



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