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dwp|suters’ new Meditation and Indigenous Cultural Centre for Bentleigh Secondary College is intended to not only educate students about sustainable design, but also impart appreciation of indigenou...
dwp|suters’ new Meditation and Indigenous Cultural Centre for Bentleigh Secondary College is intended to not only educate students about sustainable design, but also impart appreciation of indigenous culture and the value of personal reflection. Environmentally sustainable design initiatives are prime design drivers of this 100 per cent sustainable and 100 per cent renewable building. Use of geothermal exchange, carbon capture and a passive heating and cooling system delivers a remarkable building and ambitious educational outcomes.
Set in the school’s forest landscape, the building acts as a piece of furniture – something to be sat in, on and around – while students engage with the natural surrounds and a curriculum focusing on environmental and indigenous themes. dwp|suters design concept reflects the contrasting nature of our inner and outer self through materiality and form.
Materials are chosen to reflect these concepts and are key to the success of the design. The plywood interior lining creates a smooth, fluid meditative space in striking contrast to the exteriors’ angular forms and textured silvertop ash cladding. The cladding skin will age and silver over time, as we do, while the interior remains protected and renewed through practicing reflection and mindfulness.