Science + Visual Arts Building
Coolum Beach Christian College
Yandina Creek, QLD
Positioned on the edge of an active pond, the science and visual arts building at Coolum Beach Christian College offers students a unique connection to their natural environment and a range of exciting learning experiences.
Nestled within the native bushland of the Sunshine Coast, Coolum Beach Christian College is a growing school community of 400 students from kindergarten to year 12. The new science and visual art facility was the result of a collaborative, co-design process between Fulton Trotter Architects and the college.
Coolum Beach Christian College are proud of their campus and strive to incorporate care for the natural environment into their curriculum. The school saw the existing pond as an opportunity for an educational tool and environment for outdoor learning.
The major design element is a large tiered deck that allows a visual connection and physical access between learning spaces and the pond. Consideration was given to the steep topography and the natural water course to make the design achievable.
The east facing orientation makes occupation of the building enjoyable throughout the entire school day. Deep roof overhangs protect the outdoor learning space from harsh afternoon sun and driving rain.
Photographer: © Taryn Blomfield | Concept Sketch + Elevation: © Fulton Trotter Architects