Design of South Australia’s first vertical high school takes shape

by Sara Kirby
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South Australia’s first high-tech vertical high school is planned for Adelaide, at a cost of $100 million.

The Adelaide CBD High School will cater for years 8 – 12 and will be completed as a redevelopment of the University of South Australia’s Reid building, located on Frome Road in Adelaide Parklands. An ‘active atrium’ space will provide passive learning opportunities and stair access, while ‘maker spaces’ located on all levels will promote innovative and collaborative learning opportunities.

An exhibition/gallery space on the plaza level will be available for use for community events and to display student works. Extensive external learning and recreation spaces are planned on the ground plane as well as on upper building roof terraces.

The multi-disciplinary learning environment will feature science, design and technology laboratories, a library and research centre, art studios, music and drama practice spaces and food technology kitchens.

Designed by Cox Architecture, sustainability has been placed at the forefront of the school’s design. The building is a 5 Star Greenstar rated design, with the inclusion of a 60KW solar collection roof farm, natural day lighting and ventilation, water capture and reuse and sustainable material selections.

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“In creating the concept for the new city high school, our desire was to create a contemporary and innovative learning environment that has a strong connection to the surrounding landscape,” project director Adam Hannon says.

“Once completed, this school will become a vital part of an established education precinct consisting of major universities, the Adelaide Zoo and Botanic Gardens.”

“The internal space is conceived as a continuation of the external landscape and parkland setting, creating vital indoor and outdoor connectivity to enhance the student learning experience,” Hannon says.

Cox Architecture is working in collaboration with DesignInc, TCL, AECOM and KBR to design the school.

Turner & Townsend Thinc has been appointed to work in partnership with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) project delivery division, to provide project management and facilitation services for the project.

Adelaide CBD School is scheduled to be in use by term one in 2019.

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