Cranbrook School Wolgan Valley
A campus to build resilience
The practice has been engaged for a new rural campus for Cranbrook School, located in the Wolgan Valley, approximately 3 hours north-west of Sydney. The project creates a setting for immersive learning, challenging students through ‘rituals of stewardship’, actively participating in the operation of the buildings and the management of the site. The buildings are therefore both shelter and pedagogical tools – devices to heighten the experience of landscape and environmental systems.
The primary architectural gesture is the Crescent, extending around the natural bowl of the site and completing the arcing form of the escarpment. The buildings are anchored to the Crescent by a series of chimneys, recalling the remnant chimneys from the neighbouring historic town of Newnes. The buildings rise up from the Crescent to take in the dramatic form of the escarpment, illuminated by easterly morning light.
Date: 2015 – present
Client: Cranbrook School
Status: Stage 1 under construction (1st prize invited competition)
Project team: Andrew Burns, Casey Bryant, Noel Roche, Carter Hu, Kate Fife, Jonathon Donnelly, Paul Coppere
Project manager: PDS Group
Landscape architect: Turf Design
Structural / civil engineer: TTW
Services / ESD consultant: JHA
Quantity surveyor: QS1
Planner: iPlan Projects
Bushfire consultant: Eco-Logical Australia
Contractor: Hines Constructions