Cutting edge design for new Adelaide School
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Adelaide’s new city high school, which is on track to welcome students in term 1 of 2019, will boast cutting-edge learning spaces focused on science and health studies, as well as environmentally friendly buildings and outdoor areas.
The Government is investing a further $15 million in the school in order to increase the capacity by 250 to a total of 1250 students and concept designs released today reveal a completely refurbished Reid building linked by a glass atrium to a brand new six-storey building with rooftop terrace.
Key features of the design include:
- State-of-the art science, design and technology laboratories and equipment, underpinning the school’s strong focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics);
- Food technology kitchens, to help uncover and support the next generation of young innovators who will promote South Australia’s outstanding food to the world;
- ‘Maker spaces’ for students to get creative through design technology, media studies, art;
- Smart, environmentally friendly buildings which minimise energy and water use;
- Modern library and research centre;
- A gallery space on the plaza level visible to Frome Road, which can be used for community events and to display student works;
- Extensive external learning and recreation spaces for students in and around the parklands and on the building’s upper level;
- Music and drama practice and learning spaces;
- Secure basement bicycle parking for 170 bicycles.
The design of the new school emphasises environmental sustainability, including climate control measures and the planting of drought tolerant species.
Local firm Cox Architecture has partnered with DesignInc, TCL, AECOM and KBR to design the new CBD high school, with construction anticipated to commence in December 2016.
Studio Director for Cox Architecture, Adam Hannon, said the new city school on Frome Road will enhance a remarkable education precinct consisting of major Universities, the Adelaide Zoo and Botanic Gardens.
“Our design will transform the current Reid building and its surrounding site to create a technology rich, multi-disciplinary and contemporary learning environment,” he said.
“The STEM focus of the school will be on display with a Gallery/Exhibition space located on ground level and a series of learning pods expressed internally on to the main atrium space.”
Find out more about the school here.