• Client: Victorian School Building Authority
  • Sector: Education
  • Budget: $3.4 million
  • Completed: Current
  • Disciplines: Architecture, Interior Design, Project Management
  • Role: Principal Design Consultant, Superintendent
  • Builder: GRN Built
Senior Learning Centre

Designed to cater to students with a diagnosed intellectual disability, the environment seeks to create an environment without distinction or discrimination and to shape the experiences and attitudes of not only those in it but also those of the local community.

Two flexible and adaptable contemporary learning environments provide the space and amenities needed to support students in developing their creative, critical thinking, design, and problem-solving skills, equipping them for their next phase of life. Quiet sensory spaces and centrally located staff work areas are strategically positioned to maximise visibility and allow for appropriate supervision of students.

Guided by Hygge and Biophilic design principles that acknowledge the innate human connection to the natural world and the need for spaces that offer warmth and comfort, the centre’s design features direct and indirect connections with nature throughout to create an engaging and stimulating space that supports sensory and emotional regulation.

High ceilings and large expanses of glass provide natural light, while the integration of textures and materials inspired by the surrounding environment and nearby Grampians brings warmth and connection to the spaces, creating a safe, calming space to enhance student’s social and emotional health.