Pacific Pines State High School

  • Architecture
  • Brisbane

Site expansion provides opportunity to engage the environment through considered design

GroupGSA were engaged, as the Principal Consultant, by the Department of Education to provide Masterplanning and Part A Schematic Design Services for additional accommodation at Pacific Pines State High School.

The Group
Client: Department of Education QLD
Studios: Brisbane, Australia
Key Facts:
  • 3100 sqm
  • Estimated Project Value : $15m
  • Completed November 2022
The Team:

The Project consists of 3 new buildings, refurbishments in two existing buildings and an additional carpark to cater for the Schools expected growth.

Through an extensive and collaborative process with key stakeholders, it was concluded that the new buildings would connect the main body of the site with previously inaccessible and underutilised areas. These spaces quickly presented opportunities to open up natural surroundings and maximize enviromental factors which contribute to the user experience – view lines through the trees and breeze channels in which to learn and move outdoors.

The main 2-storey building features a central breezeway corridor which opens out at each end to circulate air in and through the space. These spaces were also designed to host outdoor learning, maximizing natural airflow and taking advantage of views of the natural vegetation.

Large overhangs on the roof of this building provide additional shading to the courtyards below whilst also protecting the spaces on the upper level from direct sunlight.

The single storey building utilises a split roof form and clerestory glazing to maximise opportunity for crossflow ventilation and premium quality natural daylight.

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Lachlan McCallum Associate Director

Lachlan is an Associate Director and has developed professionally into a team leader and Project Architect responsible for the leadership of project documentation teams, and overseeing projects during construction

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