Kerrie Murphy Building, International Grammar School, Sydney

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Allen Jack+Cottier have delivered this naturally ventilated mixed mode school building on the same BER budget that delivered a single school hall to most schools.

The facilities consist of an arts and crafts facility, a library, staff offices and an indoor sports hall. The roof is to become an outdoor playground shaded by an array of photovoltaic cells. This represents an enormous achievement for such a tight budget.
The iconic form of the building was inspired by the formidable collection of large brick warehouse buildings which give Ultimo its distinctive character.

Although simple in appearance, the combination of glass and concrete used in the outer walls belies the enormous amount of testing and analysis that went into development of the load-bearing pre-fabricated panels. A thermodynamic analysis led to a cruciform system of natural ventilation which can be altered to react to the prevailing winds. The windows use the latest e-glass technology to maintain a high level of insulation. Photovoltaics supply power, and all water is collected and reused.

This is a remarkable building that has excited the whole school community. It kindles a childlike response and is deeply embedded in its place.

Date 2011
Client International Grammar School
Cost A$4million
GFA 1308 m²
Site area 347.7 m²

2011 Viridian Vision Awards
Commercial Energy Efficiency Category
2011 Viridian Vision Awards
Commercial Energy Efficiency Category
Michael Heenan's Kerrie Murphy Building AIA Presentation 2012
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