The design team began the challenge of developing a model school for both an urban and rural site. Flexibility was key.
Our "Big Idea" centered on a concept which allowed for the simple expansion and ‘plug and play’ strategy that would ensure the design was suitable for a number of conditions and orientations. This design soon developed and offered great potential to integrate sustainable principles within the school design. A central spine was developed which allows for the “plugging in” of new elements. These can be changed depending on location and size. The central communal space was also used to separate boys and girls. Flexibility continues with the interiors, which offer varying formal/informal learning spaces for different class sizes as well as shared spaces used by all age-groups, encouraging student interaction.