Vertical School awarded at World Architecture Festival


The South Melbourne Primary School (SMPS) has been named Future Project of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2016 in Berlin.

The WAF is the world’s largest global architectural awards program and festival. The SMPS won the Education – Future Projects category, and went on to be selected the overall winner ahead of 12 other Future Project category winners.

As noted by the architects Hayball "it is the first vertical school in Victoria, the project is pioneering the integration of a learning hub with a community centre. Its design is an outcome of research and the open exchange of ideas and different ways of thinking".

 The OVGA supported the Department of Education and Training and the architects Hayball through schematic design and design development. The OVGA assisted through providing international architectural precedents and advice on urban design, materials, finishes and procurement.

"The constrained nature of the site offered a unique opportunity to design an integrated, co-located and vertical school design. With our focus sharpened by the OVGA’s expert design input, we’re creating an exceptionally high quality space that can be shared with the community so that the school is fully embedded in neighbourhood life.”
Richard Leonard, Director, Hayball

Further information on the WAF winners can be seen here External link.

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South Melbourne Primary School. Image Credit: Hayball Architects

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