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s an established and historical region
with a focus on market gardens and
industry, the suburb of Baldivis
has developed a strong focus on
sustainability and community. It is this contextual
setting that developed the architectural language
for the new Baldivis Secondary College, which was
conceptualised as a contemporary reimagining
of the archetypal Australian industrial ‘shed’ set
within a reinstated native bush landscape.
JCY Architects and Urban Designers worked
closely with PACT Construction to address the
shortfall in senior school facilities in Perth’s
fastest growing suburban corridor. The two-stage
development consists of six buildings, totalling
11,500sqm of gross floor space, connected by a
120m-long undercover warehouse space. The school
provides the highest quality education facility for
students in years 8-10 (Stage One). Stage Two is
in development and will cater for students in years
7, 11 and 12, with a capacity for 1450 students.
The industrial language is evident through the
material palette and form of the buildings. Each
one is attributed with a simple, pitched roof form
and high-level clerestory glazing, resembling the
traditions of the industrial saw-tooth roof.
Planning was based on the establishment of the
learning warehouse roof that was constructed as
a series of expressed truss framed structural bays
that form an east-west axis. This axis is bookended
by the Sports Hall, located on the east end of the
site towards the freeway, and the Performing
Arts building at the school’s entry to the west.
This warehouse roof dissects the site and creates
the centre around which the shared and core
functions of the school are located.
The buildings house a wide range of functional
spaces including offices and administration,
a library, food technology classrooms, general
learning and science classrooms, a materials
technology workshop, a gymnasium, a performing
arts facility and a cafeteria.
The gymnasium and performing arts facility
have been integrated with the public art component
of the project. The artist collaborated with the
project team and builder to create a series of
10m-high cast-in relief patterns based on the
concept of crop fields seen from the air (referencing
Baldivis’ agricultural heritage).
The general learning areas (GLAs) and science
classrooms open onto a learning lounge space
through sliding glazed doors. The warehouse sliding
gates were designed, in conjunction with the public
artist, as a series of patterns that were laser cut from
sheet metal and fitted to the steel-framed gates.
In addition, the dividing walls between adjacent
classrooms have been designed with a sliding
partition. This provides the flexibility for the GLAs
to open up and create one large learning centre or
close down and focus on being singular classrooms.
Artificial turf has been used in specific areas as a
carpet to define a relaxed, casual atmosphere to the
informal learning areas that were created in the
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