Wenona School, North Sydney Real Estate, NSW Interior, Photos, Australian Modern Architecture
Wenona School in North Sydney
18 Jan 2021
Design: Modscape and Team2 Architects
Location: North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Founded in 1886, Wenona School is a historic girls’ school located in North Sydney. The complex has undergone several modifications in recent years in response to an expanding community and an ever-increasing demand in enrolments.
While expansion is necessary, Wenona faces the same challenge that most inner-city schools experience – being bound by residential buildings and thus limited to growth only within the original campus grounds. To address this, it is not uncommon for schools to now adopt vertical learning spaces, which is what Wenona has done for its new general classroom building.
Modscape and Team2 Architects were engaged to design the new four-storey building, which replaced an underused maintenance cottage. The building, which includes 14 learning spaces, three covered outdoor learning spaces (COLAs), staff amenities, a lift and stairs, utilised the benefits of design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) and modular construction, which allowed it to be manufactured in just 12 weeks.
The building is the cornerstone of the school campus’ south-west corner, and greets visitors as an inspiring and impressive piece of architecture.
The façade’s unorthodox rounded edge offers a welcoming message to the students and passers-by, contrasting the sharp, geometric lines of the surrounding buildings. The four-level height is sympathetic to the neighbouring school’s music hall, while the Colourbond cassette cladding of the new building complements its neighbour’s solid brick exterior. A recessed ground-floor façade combines with ribbon glazing to achieve a ‘light’ appearance, while an irregular window arrangement brings a joyful rhythm to the structure and a contemporary look to the streetscape.
Wenona’s adoption of modular construction methods provided improved construction efficiency in terms of time, cost, safety and quality, and allowed the majority of the building works to be executed off-site, minimising disruption to students and school operation. All 20 modules were installed over a single weekend, and after only weeks of minimal works, the new building was ready for occupation.
Wenona School in Sydney, NSW – Building Information
Project size: 1253 sqm
Completion date: 2019
Building levels: 4
Photography © Tom Ferguson
Wenona School, North Sydney images / information received 180121
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Architecture in Sydney
Sydney Central Station Development, Henry Deane Plaza, Central Business District
Design: SOM and Fender Katsalidis
image © SOM | Fender Katsalidis
Sydney Central Station Development
Pitt Street OSD and metro station, corner of Park & Pitt streets
Design: Foster + Partners
image © Foster + Partners
Pitt Street Over Station Development
Tennyson Point House
Architects: CplusC Architectural Workshop
photograph : Murray Fredericks
Tennyson Point House
Architects: Kreis Grennan Architecture
photo : Douglas Frost
YrdPod Garden House
Comments / photos for the Wenona School, North Sydney page welcome