Ashgrove, Queensland



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The Centre for Excellence is the refurbishment of an existing agricultural & arboricultural TAFE campus into a world class early childhood education training, administration and model long day care centre. The project brief centred on the accommodation of three primary components within five existing structures and two additions: office space for 150 staff with provision for future growth to 200; flexible training and conference facilities for 250 persons; and long day care centre for 60 children and to be utilised to assist in training of educators. To assist with achieving long term sustainability, ensure a quality work and training environment and assist the client maintain its reputation as a responsible community organisation, the project is designed to achieve a 5 star Green Star rating utilising the Green Building Council of Australia’s education tool.

With the site cradled by Ithaca Creek and heavily vegetated the design seeks to organise itself about, and to take the opportunity to pull this unique inner city landscape into the every day usage patterns of the facility. This is primarily achieved via a circulation strategy anchored by a central landscaped square that bleeds into the day care play space and the creek bushlands. Along with the provision of significant learning, lecture and meeting spaces within the landscape, internal spaces are designed to maintain strong physical and visual connections also with the central square and surrounding creek.

The two new built insertions mark the primary entry points. Through forms and materials informed by the virtues of the site, they act to coalesce the campus and provide a legible framework to circulation within the campus that is underpinned by an identity that is unique to the site.


November 2011






Architect | Mark Williams Architects