Whittlesea Secondary School recognised in Design Awards

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Maddison Architects were recognised as Finalists in the 2017 Victorian School Design Awards for the new Junior School Building at Whittlesea Secondary College, completed in June 2017. This exciting new teaching and learning precinct gives the college five flexible general purpose classrooms, a science lab, graphics studio, outdoor learning decks and staff offices.

The 2017 Victorian School Design Awards ceremony was held on 8 November at ZINC in Federation Square. The awards were open to architects and principal designers for projects completed between January 2015 and June 2017 and showcased best-practice design that clearly reflected a heightened awareness of the importance of interior and exterior environments and sustainability in learning and teaching spaces.

Maddison have designed the precinct to integrate with surrounding landscape and existing buildings, but they have also created a distinct new identity. With numerous sustainable design features, they have set a benchmark for the future.

It is a very flexible building. The central learning area can function as three separate classrooms, or completely open up to become a large presentation space or open learning environment. The classrooms also connect to generous external decks to expand the learning zones outdoors.

Staff are recognising that the spaces allow for alternative modes of teaching and learning, and are starting to explore these possibilities further. Students are actively seeking out the communal spaces for socialising and learning, and the school has simply declared "it just works".

This story was originally featured on the Victorian Government’s website in 2018, with additional credit to Maddison Architects for their photographs of Whittlesea Secondary School.