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ARCHITECT | Libby Guj (project director), Glenn
Russell (design architect) and Paul Steed (project
architect) of JCY Architects & Urban Designers.
BRIEF | JCY Architects was contracted to address the
skills shortage of pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship
training and supply qualified tradespersons with a
professional and youthful educational and trades precinct.
BUDGET | $19 million (construction $15 million).
BUILD TIME | 16 months.
FEATURES | Pre-cast concrete walls with integral
patterning, expressed structural steel frame, metal roof
and wall cladding using Custom Orb, Custom Blue
Orb, Longline 305 and Kingclip 700 profiles in three
LOCATION | Harmony Avenue, Clarkson.
separately or adjoined, according to whether large
doors are open or closed. When closed, visibility
is maintained throughout the length of the
expansive workshop areas. All enclosed support
and equipment areas are contained in a continuous
spine to the east of the workshops, which are
directly accessed from an external service area.
The workshops themselves are on the ground
level and all classroom spaces are located on the
mezzanine level above the spine, an area afforded
by the high volumes required by the workshop.
The facility is located on a long strip of land that
is situated between Connolly Drive and Clarkson
Senior High School, which is elevated behind. To
this end, it was important that the roof formed
the ‘fifth’ elevation and that the roofs form a tri-
coloured striped graphic for the students above,
set within a native landscape.
The design cleverly creates a highly glazed
frontage with large glazed-opening garage-like
doors to allow natural light and ventilation as well
as access to the centre. This western wall is fronted
by a dancing array of vertical fins in yellow, black
and grey, which protect the facade from the
penetration of direct light. They also create shade,
animate, create a sense of movement, temper the
view out to the road and become an integral part of
the life of the building.
In addition to the workshops, a lively yet simple
cafe environment has been created to the north,
connected to administrative functions.
Materials are simple and entirely industrial.
In effect, the building is a shed and includes
face-patterned concrete, steel structure, steel
roofing, glazing and aluminium window frames
and shading fins.
The landscape is based on the recreation
of the native landscape of the region and the
extraordinary Corten steel public art piece by
young artist Daniel Eaton.
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