|In recent years, changes in the structuring of educational processes have seen the emergence of the Middle School concept, which seeks to provide a more appropriate transition for students from Junior to Senior School status, primarily for Years 6 – 8.
The proposed new Middle School at Brisbane Grammar School will comprise two purpose-built, interlinked wings structured to promote and encourage flexible teaching methods and approaches. These three-storey wings form a new courtyard space, which will become the focus of the Middle School, setting it apart, but still within, the main School campus.
The design of the new building, particularly on external frontages, reflects the ‘language’ and architectural character of the existing school buildings, through the use of predominantly red brick, and terracotta tile roofing treatments. A number of architectural innovations have also been incorporated within the design to soften and ‘break up’ the overall building scale and mass.
A more lightweight and informal feel has been adopted on the internal elevations, involving the extensive use of open verandah areas and vertical battening, which open out to the newly constructed courtyard area. This courtyard will be landscaped and designed for passive open space and recreational purposes. The scale and character of these areas has been designed to be more welcoming and responsive to the younger students.
The proposed development will deliver a sympathetic building design outcome which appropriately reflects, and sits comfortably with, the prevailing architectural expression of the school.
The Royal Australian Institute of Architects - Regional Commendation (QLD)