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- Photography by John Gollings
- Architect McBride Charles Ryan
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This project is a new multi-purpose hall for the Templestowe Park Primary School.
Visitors approach the school alongside the new building where a colonnaded canopy/ giant portico signifies a formal entrance to the school and its grounds. The building form is based upon a parabola, which was selected to most efficiently contain performance and sporting functions.
The east façade is painted to refer to the ubiquitous Olympic Stripe exercise books. In using this pattern, a powerful visual memory common to many Australian childhoods is recalled and an institutional identity based upon elements of school life is established.
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.