Plans for $100m Adelaide high school unveiled

WCN Editorial Team 22 Aug 2016 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

The government of Australia has unveiled plans for a new $100m high school in Adelaide.

The building, designed by local architect firm Cox Architecture, will include a basement and open-planned plaza space at ground level.

The building will feature advanced science, design and technology laboratories and equipment, food technology kitchens, maker spaces for students to get creative, and eco-friendly buildings to reduce energy and water consumption.

It will also feature modern library and research centre, a gallery space on the plaza level, external learning and recreation spaces for students, music and drama practice and learning spaces, as well as basement bicycle parking for 170 bicycles.

Cox Architecture studio director Adam Hannon said: “Our design will transform the current Reid building and its surrounding site to create a technology rich, multi-disciplinary and contemporary learning environment.

“This vertical high school will be a first for South Australia, with flexible learning spaces interconnected via an ‘active atrium’ over five levels.

“The STEM focus of the school will be on display with a Gallery/Exhibition space located on ground level and a series of learning pods expressed internally on to the main atrium space.”

The government will invest an additional $15m in the project to help boost the building’s capacity by 250 students.

Construction on the project is expected to begin in December 2016. The facility is expected to open in 2019, and will have capacity to accommodate 1,250 students.

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