We are very excited to see the new Science and General Learning Centre at Notre Dame College located in Shepparton, Victoria is now under construction.
The Catholic co- educational secondary school has 3 campuses all closely located with a long term enrolment projection of approximately 1750 students.
The new 2 storey building is designed to accommodate two of the six junior ‘houses’ on the ground floor and provide 8 new science labs for both junior and senior students, to the upper level. The building will also reinforce the schools address along the main road to Knight Street by maintaining a built edge to the campus with a contemporary design which enhances the urban context.
The inspiration for the Science and General Learning Centre is based on the shape of an ‘Eel Trap’, which is used by local indigenous groups as a fishing tool for capturing eels. The slender and curved nature of the eel trap were mimicked internally by creating sweeping curved balconies and voids, to create a flowing sense of movement and connection between both levels. We also applied a graphic which is used externally and internally to provide an energetic visual to the science lab areas, on level 1. The graphics were developed from the idea of chemical compound structures.
The Science and General Learning Centre is due to open early 2018.