MPH Architects | Loreto College, Breda Byrne Wing Upgrade
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LORETO COLLEGE, BREDA BYRNE WING UPGRADE

The Breda Byrne Wing upgrade within Loreto College senior campus is a significant step in the implementation of the campus masterplan

Client
Loreto College Marryatville

Location
Loreto College, Marryatville, Adelaide

Completion
2020

Procurement
Fixed Lump Sum

Awards
AIA Commendation – Educational Architecture

On ground floor, the Old Scholars’ Science Centre upgrade includes five science laboratories and a range of new informal and outdoor learning areas. The first floor included the Information Resource Centre comprising the library, a lecture theatre and associated learning spaces.

Following rigorous review of the brief and analysis of the existing building fabric the following key principles were identified to inform the design process:

  • Develop physical and visual connections to the broader campus, through the interlinking of a diverse range of spaces
  • Create a demonstrator facility as a learning tool, and showcase teaching and learning in action
  • Enable flexibility of spaces that can adapt over time
  • Provide a ‘menu’ of internal and external spaces to cater to different learning modes
  • Build upon a newly established material palette to create consistency, but with an overlay of diversity within the campus

Due to ad-hoc development the Wing was introverted and cellular, undermining contemporary learning philosophies. Extensive new openings between functional areas and major circulation areas created transparency and light penetration into the heart of the building. Functional spaces were designed to be flexible and adaptable for the future. The building’s structure and services were exposed as part of the building’s role as a demonstrator facilitator, contributing to the learning experience of staff and students.