Architecture: Northern Beaches Christian School multi-purpose hall

Nov 15, 2011
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Simon Wood
  • Designer
  • Architect Jones Sonter

As part of the Federal Government’s BER initiative, this small private school in Sydney’s northern suburbs identified the need for a multi-purpose hall. Jones Sonter were engaged to design a hall on a limited budget which offered potential for extension in the future.

The design concept elevates the main hall floor, unlocking a multitude of possibilities for the core building and its future potential for additional learning spaces.

The site, located on a plateau overlooking the northern beaches, benefits from regular ocean breezes. As sustainability and low energy use were of a central concern, the hall has been designed with both low and high level windows, allowing cross-flow ventilation at floor level and natural discharge of warm air at ceiling level. Sensitivity to natural ventilation is complemented by high levels of natural light, which also reduces energy consumption.

The main interior incorporates a sports floor, marked for eight games, including basketball and badminton. At the ground level, amenities/stores are provided, together with a gymnasium for senior students and staff.

The design for future expansion proved worthwhile, as it was decided – prior to completion – that the undercroft would be filled with student learning spaces for design and technology.

Team Architects: Kim Jones, Brad Sonter, Julianne Hughes, Jasmine Yeung

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