Homestead Senior Secondary College – GASP
Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA)
Point Cook, Melbourne
Built, December 2019
Mark van den Enden
Conceived as an anchor to the growing community of Point Cook, the bold three-storey Homestead Senior Secondary College sits confidently on the main road to newly established residential areas. The school’s siting, form and robust materiality evolved from a deep appreciation and understanding of the history of the site; from the natural state of creek beds and wetland basins, through the evolution of the district from a RAAF Base to a desirable residential address.
The school will support a population of 1100 Year 10 to 12’s in learning settings designed to foster collaboration and self-guided study as the students complete their educational pathway and are prepared for their next steps as adults. Learning spaces are connected by a system of more informal, collaborative spaces, with science labs, a material workshop and art spaces punctuated with terraces affording views of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne’s CBD and the natural landscape. The elevation and outward views reinforce the students’ position in the world – as part of a global city with far reaching horizons.
The large Performing Arts and Physical Education (PAPE) building enables the multiplicity of functions desired by a senior school and is positioned for discrete access when used outside school hours by the local community.
Homestead is one of ten schools delivered by the Growth Area Schools Project (GASP) by Architectus in joint venture with K2LD.
Victorian School Design Awards, Minister’s Award for School Design, 2019