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Architectus celebrates official opening of Barker College

Yesterday, we celebrated the official opening of Barker College’s new Maths and Senior Student Hub, a contemporary addition to the campus that seamlessly blends with the school’s existing architecture.

Located on the leafy campus in the Sydney suburb of Hornsby, the new building boasts a distinctive structural frame constructed from engineered timber. This design aims to harmonise the built environment with the natural world, creating a healthy and sustainable space for learning.

Drawing inspiration from tertiary education, the enriching environment integrates traditional teaching with autonomous study and informal learning, effectively preparing students for the next stage of their educational journeys. Moreover, the new hub encourages the display of learning and fosters interaction between students and staff.

Speaking at the official opening, Architectus Principal Luke Johnson expressed his pleasure and privilege in collaborating with Barker College’s Building and Development Committee and the entire project team. “After countless hours of collective effort, we are delighted to see students and their academic staff fill the spaces of the Senior School Hub with their enthusiasm to learn and ambition to thrive as highly capable citizens of the world.”

The indoor-outdoor ground level of the three-story Hub serves as the heart of campus life for senior students. On the upper levels, various academic workplaces are complemented by teaching and learning spaces. Notable features include a Dining Commons and a shaded boardwalk for meals and gatherings, a Maths Courtyard for outdoor learning, and breakout spaces for student-led small group activities.

Congratulations to the project team, including Luke Johnson, Sam Morris, Hope Dryden, Stephanie Austin and Celine Chan.

Read more about the project here.

Architectus Principal Luke Johnson at the official opening of Barker College’s new Maths and Senior Student Hub

Barker College Maths and Senior Student Hub. Photography by Brett Boardman