The community of Broadmeadows have embraced the new Meadows Primary School and ELC. Since opening at the start of the 2011 school year, the School has delivered measurable improvements in education re...
The community of Broadmeadows have embraced the new Meadows Primary School and ELC. Since opening at the start of the 2011 school year, the School has delivered measurable improvements in education results, community integration and environmental performance. The School has noted that student learning outcomes [and] student behaviour have improved markedly. Vandalism has virtually stopped [and] family involvement has noticeably increased. NOWarchitecture responded to the challenge to innovate and inspire a community.
Below the tree-canopy, are variety of Learning Areas - reading nooks, staff pods and bespoke mobile furniture. Sheltered outdoor courtyards are created around the Learning Areas by stepping and sculpting the modules. The largest of these is the central courtyard which provides a protected inner sanctum and includes part of the extensive Kitchen Gardens.
The Gymnasium and Performing Arts Centre is a critical gathering space and icon for the community. Its translucent walls create a naturally bright space by day and glow as a proud civic beacon by night.
Experiential learning is written into the School itself. The expressed structures present an understanding of engineering; transparent downpipes show the water cycle; prominently located wind turbines and photovoltaic panels demonstrate renewable energy sources; and changing seasons are observable in the gardens and solar-calendar.