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Snowy River Campus School for Student Leadership

Client Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
Status Completed 2006
Location Marlo, East Gippsland, VIC
Wider aerial view of education facility in bushland by the sea
Looking up at timber posts, pully wire attached, facade of building and blue sky behind
Student runs through from study areas to warmly lit mess hall, exposed trusses, ceiling fans visible
Interior view of large mess hall with exposed horizontal metal trusses and perforated ply ceilings
Students sit at desk writing, and on bed, reading in student accommodation
Students do laundry in shared accommodation laundrette
Student sits at large table with headphones on in mess hall. Large rough hewn edge timber counter to right, bookshelf beyond
Status Completed 2006
Client Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
Location Marlo, East Gippsland, VIC
Budget $ 3.8 million
Awards Winner, 2007 CEFPI Victorian Chapter Architectural New Construction New School Commendation, 2007 School Design Awards

The Snowy River Campus of the School for Student Leadership is a DEECD initiative offering a residential educational experience for Year 9 government school students to develop personal skills, leadership qualities, fitness and an awareness of rural environmental issues.

The plan includes a village hub with reception area, dining hall, learning centre, kitchen, store and staff areas. From this hub spring residential accommodation arms articulated to express organic growth. The connection to the landscape is reinforced with the incorporation of environmentally sensitive design principles such as a thermal flue, which assists in managing the natural heating and cooling of the living environment. Environmentally sustainable design elements enable students to understand the need to preserve areas of natural beauty.

Construction efficiency was essential given the remote location. This was achieved through the selection of a pre-built panellised construction system, designed to provide a visually rich composition. The design creates an immediate welcoming presence in the landscape.

Photographer: Mark Munro Photography