Architect: Alleanza Architecture
Innovation in interior acoustics in education
The ambitious project, led by Alleanza Architecture, took its style inspiration and colour palette from the surrounding environment – including the use of sandstone, ‘mountain’ tones, and a roof-top abstract of Australia – while the form followed a ‘city grid’, with a large ‘marketplace’ space around which all the other areas are linked.
Noise isn’t conducive to learning, so managing noise levels is a concern for many schools. However, for David Bryant, lead architect at Alleanza with extensive experience in designing educational environments, St Luke’s unique layout made acoustics even more important. “The children work in clusters of 60; on level one there are two clusters, while levels two and three have four clusters – 600 children in total. While we used carpets and Composition® to help soften acoustics, keeping sound to a minimum was hugely important for creating a stress-free, nurturing environment – especially for the younger classes”.
A dynamic acoustic solution