- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Peter Bennetts
- Architect HASSELL
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Dalyellup College is a new school in a picturesque, tree filled site just outside the coastal south west city of Bunbury. The design is a ribbon of contemporary architectural spaces – distinct learning communities integrated with specialist facilities – woven amongst retained trees that form a signature for the new school. A two storey building mass protects the south west corner of the site from strong prevailing winds, providing a strong street address and a focus to the main entry. The building form creates a generous, north facing community heart courtyard.
Throughout the design, there is a blurring of internal and external spaces, with large opening walls, deep verandah rooms and informal work spaces promoting allowing flexible learning opportunities. A materials palette of natural finishes including terracade, coloured concrete, metal and exposed aggregate polished floors complement splashes of vibrant colour dispersed according to function and location.
Planex steel locker system with Gantner ‘smart’ electronic lock has been used at Western Sydney University, designed to empower students.