Tintern Grammar Middle Years Building – Ringwood East

Architect: Architectus

“The brief entailed twelve class rooms aligned with the Tintern Schools’ pedagogy of ‘Parallel Learning’ – requiring separation of girls and boys in Years 7 to 9, ideally without shared entries or corridors – for delivery of a tailored, gender-specific curriculum to maximise learning potentials, with social interaction occurring out of formal class time.

The design rejects a traditional planning solution (of double loaded classroom block with a shared central corridor), in favour of a single loaded configuration to maximise natural light, entering each classroom on two sides. Ample light and thermal performance – meeting Code requirements and well exceeding traditional framed construction – are assured by the selection of Kalwall cladding and glazing system that permits penetration of diffuse, low-glare, natural daylight through its translucent wall panels. Operable sashes provide natural ventilation.”

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