Although they completed this project in 2010, I wanted to share the designing genius of smith+tracey Architects with you all. The company recently completed the architecture and interior design of St .Mary’s Primary School, Greensborough, Victoria using inspiration from the external environment of Greensborough; a leafy north eastern suburb of Melbourne. They wanted the interior of the building to reflect on the buildings surroundings and to create “an engaging learning environment for the students of St Mary’s”. Similarly, the architecture utilized the natural context of it’s sitting.
The main entry of the building is the focal point of the project and introduces this environmental theme. “The tree” wall design is representative of the students growth both through learning and life experience. The colourful design response adds to the adventure, stimulation and excitement of the educational journey. smith+tracey believe that design for the new generation of student centered learning must be underpinned by an approach that embraces the quickly evolving communication technology and learning culture.
The sustainable solutions within the fit-out have provided a noticeable difference to the internal room quality; the fresh, light environment will contribute to the wellbeing of students and staff.
smith+tracey has done a remarkable job creating an inspiring centre of discovery. I don’t think you could just call it a school .
Photography by Lisbeth Grosmann