New Dunalley Primary School

The new school buildings comprise a Kinder with adventure play area, two mirrored GLA buildings, zoned internally for various learning activities and a co-located library and administration area with school entry. The new school was located to take advantage of site microclimate and setting, link with existing infrastructure and resolve major equity of access issues over a steeply sloping site.

The GLA buildings, in particular, are a response to an unconventional brief and have proven effective in supporting the ‘learning by doing’ focus at the school. The library is placed and configured for out of hours community activities – a recent talk by Steve Biddulph, being one example.
There are no ramps in the new school. Building locations and floor levels were devised to even out and minimize linking pathway gradients.