The Penleigh and Essendon Middle Girls School (PEGS) project is the final of three major phases of the development of the East Keilor Campus.
The aim of this ambitious building program was to provide a rich and diverse campus environment with high-quality teaching spaces designed to respond to the particular needs of its distinct student groups. In each of the ‘schools’ careful consideration was given to providing a relevant individual identity and unique architectural atmosphere.
The form is derived the Mandelbrot Set, the image of which offers almost endless formal adaption; a metaphor writ large for the endless possibility of intellectual exploration and the human imagination.
This formal strategy results in an architectural form that changes in scale and intensity that reveals and conceals views, contains and describes interior and exterior space. Double curved gateways, reminiscent of both Desbrowe-Annear’s arts and crafts houses and Persian gateways, add definition and a poetic to campus.