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25 April 2017

Project of the Week: Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre, Melbourne, Australia, McBride Charles Ryan

Проект недели: Научно-образовательный центр грамматической школы Айванхо, Мельбурн, Австралия, McBride Charles Ryan

Colour and architecture go hand in hand. A building’s purpose, context and programmatic elements can be explored and highlighted with the proper use of colour. In this case, Australian studio McBride Charles Ryan (MCR) looked at how various hues and shades can be used to breathe technicolour life into even the most basic of structure.

Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre

From the outside, the Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre is not the most distinct of schools. Its silhouette presents no stunning shapes or dramatic volumes. Partly, this was to ensure the new centre would slot neatly into the existing on-site typologies. MCR’s design, at first glance, is a simple drum-like volume, clad in dark steel with a chain of windows ribboned across the exteriors. Handsome for sure - but not immediately attention commanding.

Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre
 

Take a walk around the centre, however, and the school building’s rotund mass dissolves away to reveal something a little more dramatic. Like a slice cut out of a multi-tiered cake, the Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre’s main volume breaks up at key intervals to reveal kaleidoscopic innards exploding in a rainbow of shades and hues.

 

Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre

 

As well as experimenting with colour, MCR dabbled with geometry and shape to define this structure’s learning areas. Sharp angles are used throughout interior forms which provides a spirited space, infused with a sense of dynamism  and engagement.

 

Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre

 

The use of cuboid-like internal volumes serves both practical and conceptual purposes. Programmatically, it allows for light wells, study spaces and classrooms to be laid out in a concise, easy-to-navigate fashion. A spacious internal courtyard, outfitted with greenery and planters, was established thanks to this approach, for example.

 

Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre

 

With the Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre, MCR wanted to also examine how schools essentially hold a dual identity. On the one hand, they promote civic service and finding a role in society. The singular, muted exterior volume represents this aspect of schooling.

 

Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre

 

On the other hand, educational facilities represent internal exploration and imagination; a place where young minds can express themselves and absorb the output of a dynamic world of learning. No prizes for guessing which part of MCR’s design highlights this aspect of schools’ role in society.

 

Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre

 

 

“The contrast so evident in this building’s language encapsulates the contemporary pedagogical approaches for a well-rounded education,” McBride Charles Ryan said of its design. “The circular form is a classical representation of order, rigour, and the certainty of knowledge – the building’s inner world, with its complex mosaic of spaces, amplified by pattern, colour and multiple reflections represents…the qualities of wonder and imagination to advance and see us through.”

 

Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre

 

Of course, a structure such as this cannot just be a philosophical exploration of modern education and its societal impact. It has to be practical. The programme called for a number of learning spaces, provisions for senior year teachers and a science centre for all of the school’s grades to enjoy.

 

Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre

 

Рабочие места преподавателей разбросаны по всему зданию, нижний уровень – это многофункциональное пространство, предназначенное для обучения, верхние уровни отведены для научной работы. В комплексе также предусмотрено множество открытых пространств для занятий, где ученики также могут отдохнуть и расслабиться.

 

Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre

 

Staff work stations are peppered throughout the facility; the lower levels are generally multiple-use teaching spaces, the upper levels predominately science focussed. Students are also provided with numerous outdoor areas, where they can study or relax and unwind, throughout the complex.


Source worldbuild365

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