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Mother Teresa Primary

LOCATION: Harrison
CLIENT: Catholic Education Office – Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese
VALUE:$ 14.5m
PERIOD: 2008 – Current
AWARDS: AIA ACT Chapter Architecture Awards – 2012 Commendation for Public Architecture Education Prize

Munns Sly Moore Architects were the Winning Entry for Limited Design Competition for the design and documentation for the new Catholic Primary school located in Canberra’s north. The school is designed to provide a contemporary learning environment that reflects current pedagogical philosophy that aligns new spaces with new pedagogy. Designed to be completed in a number of stages, the planning provides a series of interconnected buildings scaled and arranged to create a village atmosphere based on a ‘finger planning’ typology with courtyards providing opportunities for outdoor learning and play. Sited to address the corner, a ceremonial entry and circulation axis extends through the classrooms and courtyards, to the playing fields with the buildings enclosing the central courtyard as the heart of the school, creating a protected and secure environment. The classroom blocks contain interconnected learning spaces with large sliding walls to enable teachers to adapt their environment. The buildings offer opportunities for a wider range of learning with the incorporation of ESD elements not only as water/energy saving strategies, but as an educational experience for students; made visible and integrated into the curriculum. The buildings are naturally ventilated with cross ventilation and solar chimneys to induce air movement. The buildings forms are expressed masonry walls with glazed and lightweight cladding infill and accent colours as elements against the blade walls are used to provide identity.