Outside and Inside a School in Australia

McBride Charles Ryan Penleigh Essendon Grammar School Australia

McBride Charles Ryan Penleigh Essendon Grammar School Australia

More evidence that kids in other countries have it made: the Penleigh and Essendon School. Forget that the school is located in Australia, where I understand that every animal and insect is poisonous and where, I’m told, spiders can fly, architects McBride Charles Ryan have designed the project around two courtyards that resemble a warped infinity symbol in plan. In section, the architects have subtracted entrances from the mass of the school, lining the arching entryways with warm wood that contrasts the dark, glazed finish of the projects exterior.

McBride Charles Ryan Penleigh Essendon Grammar School Australia

McBride Charles Ryan Penleigh Essendon Grammar School Australia

What I especially like is how many of the projects exterior spaces feel interior. It’s a nice transition between the inside and out, a move that my old architecture professors would have called “extending the threshold” or something like that. Plus, it just makes the project feel bigger to appropriate exterior space like this. And while the color palette outside may be perfectly verdant (thanks to photographer Peter Bennetts) the color palette inside is exceedingly vibrant with floors the color of highlighters or jewels or flowers. I can’t imagine any of my schools having a color palette this exciting. But I guess when you’re competing for attention against the endless Jumunji that is Australia, a splash of color is the least you can do.

Found through Dezeen

Alex Dent

April 30, 2013 / By

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