Fr. Rosenskjar Resource Centre

ST. AGNES CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, MT. GRAVATT

2011 Queensland Architecture Awards
State Commendation (Public Architecture)
Brisbane Regional Commendation
(Public Architecture)

The Fr. Rosenskjar Resource Centre at St Agnes Catholic Primary School is a BER initiated project, which involved the design of a new Administration department, Resource Centre, Multimedia facility & General Learning Areas.  

Part of the brief component was to design a building which mediated the existing topography while creating a new school address from Tudor Street.  It was also requested that the architecture proposed inspire the learning/working environment in a manner which reinterpreted the school’s identity.

Key to addressing the site challenges was the planning arrangement: organised over two levels; the administration department, resource centre and multimedia facility are located on the first level towards the north of the site, the ground level steps towards the south and accommodates the GLA’s and support facilities.  The first level is designed to anchor into the northern edge of the site, then as the site drops away, hover amongst the tree canopy to the south.  At ground level, the GLA’s are centred on the above slab, enabling a service zone and pedestrian link along the northern edge where the building is cut into the terrain. The GLA’s open out into a south facing undercroft and stair, which forms an amphitheatre to the oval below. Due to the slope of the site, both levels can be accessed at grade; enabling the separation of public, staff and student access points. 

Internally the library layout is flexible with operable sliders capable of manipulating the spatial requirements to supplement adjacent spaces. Solar shading is implemented as a design feature of the facade, to maximise internal climate control and prevent direct solar access.