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Dalyellup College

Apr 29, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Peter Bennetts
  • Designer
  • Architect HASSELL

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.

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