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ARCHITECT | EIW Architects.
BUILDER | Emco Building.
BRIEF | Create an holistic, sophisticated design that
creates a sense of openness and flexible space.
BUDGET | $16 million.
FEATURES | Impressive city and river views, neutral
walls and ceilings with bursts of colour, low-emissivity
fixed glazing and highly insulated stud walls.
LOCATION | Stoneham Road, Attadale.
SANTA MARIA COLLEGE
he new Mercy Building at Santa Maria
College combines the renovation of an
existing building (an outdated 1950s/
60s-era structure) and a new adjacent
four-storey building to create a cohesive learning
environment for modern students.
With 18 class spaces (including specialist food
technology and science labs), a cafeteria, a faculty
community room with associated meeting spaces
and lounges, and a new two-storey learning
and resource centre, it was important that the
interior design appreciated the complexity of
the range of users.
The prominent position of the new building,
highly visible both within the college and from
the surrounding area, meant a finely detailed
solution was needed to create a statement on
the future direction of the college.
The compelling building has brought together
elements of the college through the use of materials
and colours, creating a sense of unity between
the previously disparate buildings.
Input from students and staff helped create
a series of identifiable spaces that are used for
learning, creating, collaborating, teaching,
relaxing and reflecting. A range of spaces have
been created throughout the building, including
brightly coloured and intimate reading spaces,
sophisticated senior school classrooms and the
open-plan staff community space. Likewise,
a corporate lounge feel has been created for new
staff areas, utilising the views across the treetops
to the Swan River and city of Perth.
Key features across the varying spaces include
modular, transportable furniture to allow the
learning and working spaces to be reconfigured
as required. Repeating carpet patterns and
structural features, employing different colour
schemes on each floor, help retain continuity
throughout the building.
Santa Maria College Mercy Building | EIW Architects | EDUCATION INSTITUTIONAL
Photography: Andrew Pritchard Photography.
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