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Gungahlin Secondary

College Precinct

CANBERRA

2011

The Gungahlin College project, involved the construction of a mix of educational and community facilities in an integrated campus. This included a senior secondary school, a Learning Centre for the Canberra Institute of Technology and a shared Library and Town Park servicing the Gungahlin Community. The brief was highly aspirational and required the design of facilities that would “...create a model for education in the ACT, and set a standard for modern quality education in Australia”.

The campus is located in close proximity to the Gungahlin Town Centre, taking a holistic approach to integration of school and community facilities. The plan is modeled on an urban campus typology, befitting its location in an urban centre and provides ‘new generation learning spaces’ for the 21st century, with flexible, open plan learning environments that have the ambience and amenity of a tertiary institution.

The project achieved a 5-Star GreenStar design rating, with an emphasis on using the building form and fabric to moderate the internal climate rather than a reliance on mechanical systems. Other ESD elements are utilised as a visible and didactic element of the building form, announcing the green credentials of the project.

CEFPI Awards 2012, Australasia Regional Winner, Overall Winner

CEFPI Awards 2012, Australasia Regional Winner

Category 1: New Educational Facility Construction/Entire Educational Facility