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Architectus designed Barker College triumphs at Timber Design Awards

We’re incredibly honoured that Barker College Senior Student Hub was awarded the Excellence in Timber Design – Commercial at the 2023 Timber Design Awards 

Located on the leafy campus in the Sydney suburb of Hornsby, the elegantly realised Student Hub 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.

This award is great recognition of Barker College’s commitment to sustainable design. The extensive use of mass timber, including CLT and Glulam, reduces the building’s carbon footprint while creating an aesthetically pleasing and sustainable solution.  

The design utilises a low embodied carbon structure, natural finishes, abundant daylight, natural ventilation and passive heating and cooling strategies to minimise its impact on the environment whilst simultaneously bringing the benefits of biophilia to the school community.

 “it gives students the opportunity to experience the biophilic effect of being surrounded by wood. We know from research how important that is for learning outcomes and all sorts of health and well-being benefits.” Timber Design Awards Jury

Congratulations and thanks to our collaborators TTW, Buildcorp, EPM and the entire project team on realising such a special environment for Barker College students.

Read more about Barker College here.