Australian Technical College, Sunshine

Jun 26, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Dianna Snape
  • Architect Spowers

The recently completed Australian Technical College (ATC) in Sunshine, Victoria provides a new and innovative model for technical trade training facilities in this country.

The Project Team’s challenge was to design a purpose built school for a specific student demographic whilst maintaining maximum flexibility of use within the confines of a tight government budget. The design brief was to accommodate up to 350 students studying year 11 & 12 with an emphasis on trade based subjects including automotive, construction and engineering.

This vibrant and playful building has become a successful marketing tool in the school’s challenge to attract students, while the robust industrial aesthetic celebrates the history
of the area and reflects the trade courses offered at the school.
The building is naturally ventilated (no air-conditioning) and incorporates an underground earth canal to bring tempered air into the building. The abundance of natural light through roof skylights minimises the need for artificial light.

World Architecture News Education Awards 2009
Winner, Education Building of the Year

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