The Performing Arts and Physical Education Centre was created in line with the Principal’s ethos of instilling creativity and sustainability in education and building design.
Completed in November 2016, this building represents the final stage in our eight year masterplan for St Paul’s School. The new construction was required to connect seamlessly with the existing gymnasium on site which was also refurbished as part of this project.
We were challenged to adapt as the brief changed from a sporting facility to a multi-purpose facility, combining a gymnasium, sporting and performing arts space.
We capitalised on the steep sloping site, which allowed extensive sport storage and drama classrooms to be placed on the lower side of the site, connecting directly to the sporting facilities below.
The building expresses all of its robust structure and to minimise environmental impact an external steel sandwich panel was applied to provide additional insulation and reduce the overall amount of steel required. The steel was bolted to allow for reuse at a later stage.
For the purpose of sporting activities the building can be opened to provide natural light and ventilation. To allow the space to be darkened for performances, an automated building management system was installed to sense and maintain an ambient temperature with minimal energy expenditure.