Arts and Design

Recognising cool schools at design awards

Sustainably designed workshops made from rammed earth and exposed timber at a training college in Somerville have been recognised with a Best School Project award at the 2016 Victorian School Design Awards.

Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino presented the awards at an event in Melbourne.

The art and design, building, construction and plumbing workshops at Somerville College Technical Education and Trade Training Centre won Best School Project over $3.5 million for their design, which use thermal mass and external shading to create a comfortable and healthy environment for staff and students.

Fourteen schools from across the state were shortlisted for six awards, including best primary school, best secondary school and inclusive design.

From a Discovery Centre with outdoor learning spaces and a ‘think tank’ at Sandringham College to an experiment and IT lab for students at Kananook Primary School, the winning designs showcase how modern school design can benefit students.

The Victorian Government re-opened the awards after a five year break, following calls from architects and designers.

It comes after the Victorian Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure, with 42 new schools and hundreds of school upgrades now in the construction pipeline.

This school building boom will create 4000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school no matter where they live.

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