The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the shortlist for the prestigious NSW Architecture Awards.
WMK’s Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) has been shortlisted in two categories – educational architecture and sustainable architecture.
The project also won a Good Design Award® in May – read more.
The design of NBCS’ new facility is unique – students no longer sit at desks in classrooms. Instead, students learn in interactive indoor/outdoor spaces enabled with wireless technology, beneath a spectacular 3000 square metre intelligent canopy which harvests rainwater, generates energy, and cools the spaces below.
"This project has created the community heart within the school. The variety of spaces make it a truly spontaneous learning environment, connecting all elements of the community. We appreciated working with WMK, they understood us and were able to think differently about school for the future," said NBCS Principal, Stephen Harris.
“I am thrilled we have been shortlisted in the NSW AIA Awards,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett. “It was an honour to work with such a visionary client, looking to push the boundaries of traditional school environments.”
The AIA program offers an opportunity for public and peer recognition of the innovative work of architects.
The winners will be announced at the presentation evening on 1 July at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.