Location Canberra, ACT, Australia
Services Mechanical engineering services, sustainable design and Green Star consulting
Client Gungahlin College
Architect Munns Sly Moore Architects & Williams Boag Architects
+61 3 9635 3700
The Gungahlin College project is a mix of educational and community facilities in an integrated campus with a strong sustainability focus achieving a 5-star Green Star Design Rating. Accommodating approximately 900 year 11 and 12 students, and includes a CIT learning centre, a joint college-community library and gymnasium.
The development comprises a secondary school inclusive of lecture theatre, arts and technology facilities, a TAFE with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) having facilities which can operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as school / public used gymnasium and public use performing arts theatre and library. The development was also designed to encourage a student-centred, interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to learning in a flexible, enriched learning environment featuring an innovative and seamless alignment of technology, pedagogy, and space provision.
The development attained a 5-Star Green Star – Education (v1) Design rating with an innovation point awarded for the thermal labyrinth which acts as a shared piece of passive infrastructure used by all parts of the development. It was designed/configured to serve the secondary school during school hours and the library/CIT after hours, weekend, public/school holidays as well as the theatre to maximise its use and effectiveness in reducing energy consumption all year round. Getting this adopted and integrated was no mean feat as the throat of the labyrinth is 2.5m wide, 3m tall and is over 80m long.
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