This school is about Growing Spaces - Reaching New Heights. The school in a small country town has been reinvented in a way that has challenged the community but ultimately has exceeded the expectatio...
This school is about Growing Spaces - Reaching New Heights. The school in a small country town has been reinvented in a way that has challenged the community but ultimately has exceeded the expectations of the students, staff and the community alike. An innovative approach to heritage, and the challenges this has posed has contributed to community changes in attitude and approach. There is an excellent integration of passive and active ESD initiatives that inform the design and the users.
The high level of community consultation before and during the design process has led to clear pride and ownership by the school. While most significantly a new build, the connection and response to the existing site, buildings and context is well done and builds on existing relationships. Positive changes in student attitudes and behaviour are already being seen across the school.
Yackandandah Primary School realises the ambitious educational priorities, community values, heritage and environmentally sustainable philosophy of the School community and NOW Architecture. The project delivers a revitalised Administration area and Art room in the heritage schoolhouse which connects through a nodal Foyer to the new northern wing of Learning Centres, Canteen, Multi-purpose room and central Resource Centre.
The new building’s contemporary form draws inspiration from the surrounding mountains, with the resulting form of “rolling hills” comfortably positioning the building within the goldrush town.