Darlington Public School Sydney NSW, New South Wales education building, Modern Australian architecture photos

Darlington Public School in Sydney

20 March 2024

Architects: fjcstudio

Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Darlington Public School Sydney New South Wales

Photos by Brett Boardman Studio

Darlington Public School, New South Wales

Darlington Public School Sydney New South Wales

A primary school represents the foundation of a child’s first experience of the world of formal learning. The design concepts for Darlington needed to embody the core values of the school. The school is a community school with strong connections to Aboriginal people.

Darlington Public School Sydney New South Wales

The design seamlessly connects Darlington Public School to its surroundings, offering glimpses of the inner courtyard from the main entrance, promoting a sense of privacy and community for the children.

Darlington Public School Sydney New South Wales

The screen that protects the outdoor learning terraces is safe and secure and provides a beautiful dappled light reminiscent of the light passing through the leaves of the casuarina – endemic to the area of Blackwattle Creek.

Darlington Public School Sydney NSW

Darlington Public School is a true community school and it was important that the publicly accessible functions – the community hall, the COLA and the library were located so that they became an integrated part of the surrounding urban landscape. The scale of the new hall, responds to the scale of the adjacent church and the library sitting within the landscape provides a softer more organic connection to the community.

Darlington Public School Sydney NSW

The school sits between the large scale of the University of Sydney and the finer grain of the Darlington terraces. The previous school which had reached the end of its life had been a demonstration school, therefore it was important that the spirit of this school was maintained for the community.

Darlington Public School Sydney NSW

Collaboration with educational consultants, New Learning Environments (NLE) and the school community led to a functional brief providing an inclusive learning environment. Learning hubs, accommodating either 2 or 3 student groups, are distributed across two upper levels and feature diverse spaces, including wet areas, presentation spaces, quiet rooms, informal learning areas, teacher hubs, and connected outdoor learning terraces. The preschool, though connected, maintains a separate space for a safe learning environment.

Darlington Public School Sydney NSW

The design process prioritised a collaborative approach, crucial for integrating the built form and landscape, resolving major cross-falls on the site and a true connection to the landscape.

Darlington Public School Sydney NSW

The masterplan divided the construction into two stages, allowing continuous school operation, eliminating relocation costs. Material selection focused on cost-effectiveness, durability, and minimized operational expenses.

The design emphasises a connection to landscape and country, embracing sustainability with passive design elements such as sawtooth roofs angled to the sun, high-level glazing for indirect daylight, and protective curved screens for filtered daylight. The design embraces the rich indigenous culture and the artistic heritage of the school – so important to the community. The extensive collection of aboriginal artworks has been preserved and displayed around the school – provision for QR codes has been provided to enable a continued curation of the works as stories are uncovered.

Darlington Public School Sydney NSW

Murals painted on demolished walls were photographed and reproduced in the cladding, offering a tactile response and adding a new layer of interpretation, preserving stories of the country for future generations.

Darlington Public School Sydney New South Wales

The landscape further contributes to learning opportunities with QR codes describing the names and uses of indigenous plants, reinforcing the school’s commitment to a holistic educational experience.

Architect: fjcstudio – https://fjcstudio.com/

Darlington Public School Sydney New South Wales

Photography: Brett Boardman Studio

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