DESIGN + DELIVERY OF AN ALTERNATIVE LEARNING CAMPUS
Edmund Rice Education
The facilities upgrades and new trade training building have helped enhance the potential of students at Kingston Flexible Learning Centre with dynamic spaces, that support the campus’s non-traditional approach to learning.
Located South of Brisbane, the Kingston Flexible Learning Centre is part of Edmund Rice Education Australia and caters for 80 secondary students who have fallen through the cracks of ‘traditional’ education systems.
The project brief was for the design and delivery of a new trade training building and other facilities upgrades, but consultation with students and staff revealed just how much the futures of these young people depended on these spaces to function successfully. It was clear that in order to engage and inspire this demographic of students, the design needed to go beyond the brief.
The result was a unique new campus addition, different in character to that of institutionalised mainstream schools. The building includes manual arts and an upgrade to the centre’s audio-visual facility. The design celebrates the site’s irregular shape with bold angular forms that reflect the dynamic learning environment.
Photographer: © John Mills