Fairfield Primary School, Victoria Building Development, Melbourne Educational Project, Architecture Images

Fairfield Primary School in Melbourne, Victoria

6 Feb 2020

Fairfield Primary School

Architects: NBRS ARCHITECTURE and Fleetwood Australia

Location: Fairfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Fairfield Primary School Melbourne Victoria

The award-winning new facilities at Fairfield Primary School have been designed with connectivity and transparency in mind. A collaboration between NBRS ARCHITECTURE and Fleetwood Australia, the permanent modular building provides opportunities for years 5 and 6 students to become actively involved in the life of the school and wider community.

Fairfield Primary School Melbourne Victoria

The project was awarded Best Primary School at the Victorian School Design Awards.

The desire was to replace an aging existing facility with a new central hub. Facilities include a resource hub, library space, maker spaces, amenities and general learning areas that can be responsive and multi-modal.

Fairfield Primary School Melbourne Victoria

As a long-established school, Fairfield Primary School is an integral part of the neighbourhood fabric. It’s growing population and increased community usage were the key drivers to create a new considered central hub. For the school to remain responsive to student, pedagogical and community needs, the design needed to be flexible and continually evolve.

The design challenge was to insert the new hub seamlessly with an existing heritage building and the broader School campus.

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The unique building design opens up on the ground floor to a column free walkway with tiered seating. This space functions as an informal outdoor teaching space, which allows learning and play to flow naturally to outdoor learning and play spaces.

On the first floor the walkway has been enclosed and doubles as a learning commons. An efficient use of space that provides additional teaching areas.

The façade screening design and window orientation maximises natural light to internal spaces and reduces energy demand. The specification of low energy fittings and high spec thermal insulation ensures a sustainable building design.

The connected nature of the learning hub to the existing heritage building, and the broader school environ has been thoughtfully choreographed to facilitate deliberate and meaningful journeys.

The 2 storey design is formed by 25 volumetric steel framed modules. All fabricated offsite in a controlled environment, the modules were craned into position over one week. The open ended modules are finished externally with durable and prefinished products such as CFC, Colourbond metal cladding and roofing, powder coated window frames, anodised perforated sun screens and ModWood composite decking.

All the modules and elements came together in a seamless way to minimise time on site and reduce disturbance to an operating school environment.

Fairfield Primary School Melbourne Victoria

Fairfield Primary School, Melbourne – Building Information

Architect: NBRS ARCHITECTURE and Fleetwood Australia

Project size: 700 m2
Site size: 13000 m2
Completion date: 2019
Building levels: 2

Fairfield Primary School Melbourne Victoria

Photography © Joe Vittorio

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