The Clendon Centre is a new learning and home base for Loreto Toorak’s Years 7 to 9 students, and the third major project on campus completed by Architectus over the last 12 years. There are six floor levels, three of which are below ground.
The new building has been designed to maximise the development opportunity for Loreto within a very restrictive physical context. The building form and materiality needed to respect the physical and visual integrity of the schools’ historic setting: Mandeville Hall designed by Charles Webb, the Chapel, the original St George’s, its outbuildings and, importantly for Heritage Victoria, the memory of the site as a residential compound. The building form is the outcome of rigorous investigation of its function and setting – a ‘Contextual Modernism’. Its functional geometry engages with its immediate physical environment while also responding to the residential scale and rhythm of Clendon Road.
At the official opening ceremony of the Clendon Centre in March 2022, School Captain Elena, said: “The Clendon Centre is an incredible teaching, learning and working space, but it represents much more than that. It speaks to our value of education, and all the Good that is to come from what takes place within it. The building will allow us to give back to the community, and back to the school, to contribute to the next generation of Loreto, and to ensure this positive learning cycle is maintained.”
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The Victorian Architecture Awards will be held on Friday 17 June 2022.
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