St Sebastian’s Primary School
Brisbane Catholic Education
Perforated plywood panels form a folded ceiling which acts as an acoustic treatment while also softening the space.
An original heritage protected brick church is the prominent structure, conferring identity to the school and character to the whole campus.
The master plan takes advantage of the site location and configuration,
and the views and climate, by creating a generous green heart to maximize amenity and activity space. The green central court yard is bound on three sides by the school buildings proper. The new buildings have been designed to integrate with the gardens and to offer shaded arcades, cloisters and generous undercover gathering spaces for learning and play.
The undercroft or Multipurpose Covered Area (MCA) occupies the footprint of the three GLAs above. The MCA offers the school a space for general gathering, school assemblies, formal occasions, play space and much more.
A northerly orientation and brick screens provides sunlight and cross ventilation allowing the space to be used all year round.
Perforated plywood panels have been used and detailed to form a folding ceiling which acts as an acoustic treatment while also softening the space.
Australian Institute of Architects (QLD), Educational Architecture Award, 2015