Victoria Architecture Award

We are delighted to announce that the Penleigh and Essendon Grammar Senior School Building by McBride Charles Ryan is the recipient of an Architecture Award for Public Architecture: New, Victoria Architecture Awards 2013.

‘The Infinity Centre is a celebration of the potential for architecture to realise the ambitions of its community and promote curiosity and excitement in students’ – Award Citation

Our design for the Infinity Centre in its very form, acknowledges the schools shared belief that learning is boundless – that enquiry is a life-long activity.

Structured around two protected courtyards, the infinity symbol form enhances the learning spaces access to light, view and ventilation. The library and student learning centre are located at the heart of the infinity form. Specialist precincts, Art, Science, Cafe and a huge variety of learning spaces are distributed throughout the form. Each precinct has its own unique quality and yet they are seamlessly connected to the next. The building is an embodiment of the journey of education, and the crossover between disciplines. This planning allows the buildings circulation to constantly return to the library at its heart and in this way it physically echoes the educational ethos.

The attempt to realise the Infinity Centre was an ambitious one. It required a great endeavour and great courage from PEGS school leaders and teachers. We are thankful to our client for their support and energy. The design and consultant team were also challenged to engage with this vision. We acknowledge the collaboration of consultants Arup for structure and building services, Oculus Landscape Architecture and the head contractor Construction Engineering.

We are very grateful to all members of the client and project team for the commitment that resulted in this wonderful achievement.

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