Newman College's new multipurpose auditorium is complete
The Marist Auditorium has been designed for Newman College to expand their performing arts program and provide space for school assemblies, performances, art exhibitions and examinations. The brief was to connect the existing music facility with the new auditorium to make every space an area where learning, rehearsal or performance could take place.
With flexibility as a high priority, the Auditorium and stage had to be adaptable and rely upon swinging doors, pivot doors, mechanically operated orchestra pit, drop down screens and retractable seating. The Stage has the ability to accommodate all three disciplines – Dance, Drama and Music – with the large panels at the proscenium and the angled walls panels allow the space to perform in the varying acoustic situations. The Orchestra Pit has several levels which allow for multiple use – a thrust stage, conventional orchestra pit, or raised to seating level for greater audience capacity. With the ability to host art exhibitions and examinations in this same space, retractable seating has been installed as well as increased task lighting differing from the house lighting and specialist theatre lighting.
The learning areas include the music/ drama rooms – connected by an operable wall, a dance studio and 3 Instrument Practice Rooms. The Music and drama rooms have been designed to accommodate:
- two individual class groups
- a larger group for rehearsals and
- an additional space for art exhibitions
Peter Lippman resigns from EIW Architects
Associate Director Peter Lippman has resigned from EIW Architects, effective 16/02/2016. EIW wish Peter all the best in his future endeavours.
Servite College- Alexis Centre Refurbishment
As part of a larger masterplan for the campus, the Servite College Alexis Centre has commenced a staged upgrade. Starting with the resource centre and classrooms on the ground floor the interior has gone from a grey utilitarian space, to one full of colour and texture. Circulation spaces have increased and many incidental learning spaces have been incorporated to create an interactive environment that supports modern teaching styles.
The colour scheme, yet to be fully realised, is centred around the Servite deep green which will feature as the predominant colour. From this colour an analogous palette has evolved which expresses a gradient from yellow/lime green all the way through the colour wheel to magenta.
Below: tiered seating, entry to refurbished Resources Centre and collaborative learning spaces
To view a more extensive video of the schools current and future refurbishment plans- please follow the link to the school's own vimeo page here
Harrisdale Primary School opens in time for Term 1
Harrisdale Primary School is situated in the newly created Perth suburb of Heron Park. It is 20km south of the Perth CBD and 10km from the City of Armadale.
From a greenfield site to a complete new school in 12 months, EIW Architects are responsible for the creation of this new 'state-of-the-art educational facility'. The school officially opened on Tuesday February 2nd accommodating 518 students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
The new single storey school includes facilities such as a football oval and cricket pitch, hard courts, 4 teaching blocks, extensive staff facilities, outdoor play areas and ample parking for staff and parents.
To view further details of the school - please follow the link to the school's website here.
Or see the article published by Examiner Newspapers on Thursday 4th February (written by Hamish Hastie) here.
Above: 3D aerial render of completed school
Below: Site works nearing completion and finishing touches being added to landscaping
Philip Idle Named Association for Learning Environments' Director of the Year
WASHINGTON, DC (October 26, 2015) Philip Idle, a director of Edgar Idle Wade (EIW) Architects and Australasia Director on the Association for Learning Environments’ Board of Directors, was honored as the organization’s Director of the Year at the LearningSCAPES 2015 Conference in San Diego. The Board of Directors unveiled the organization’s new name and brand at the recent conference.
Selected by his peers as the 2015 outstanding board member, Philip Idle played a key role in the organization’s rebranding efforts. “Philip Idle was recognized for his work in leading a huge team of people who have engaged in analysis and discussion about our organization and what people respond to,” said Chair Dan Mader. “We’ve looked at how we related to our members and what’s important to them. These conversations framed our rebranding effort.”
With expertise in the design and planning of educational facilities, Philip Idle’s work encompasses both the private and government sectors in Western Australia and has been recognized internationally. Philip’s experience on educational projects the consultation phases of the projects and the facilitation of the master planning processes.
The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is the only professional organization whose principal purpose is improving the places where children learn. A4LE embraces a collaborative network of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable 21st Century learning places that inspire transformation in education, enhance student and teacher performance and support culture and community vitality. To learn more, visit www.a4le.org .
Barbara C. Worth
Director of Strategic & Private Development
The ABC has interviewed Peter C. Lippman on the topic of vertical schools. The interview can be seen on Australia Wide on ABC 24 at 7:30pm Saturday 3rd October. See more information below.
The interview will air at the following times:
- Australia Wide on ABC 24 - 7:30pm Satruday 3rd October
- ABC News Radio - 8:00am Saturday 3rd October
- ABC World News - 9:30am Sunday 4th October
Switch on to hear Peter's thoughts on the topic.
You can read the article by Laura Gartry here.
Alternatively, follow the link to the full episode of Australia Wide here (The piece on verticle schools starts 8:02 minutes in).
Peter Lippman's paper accepted for publication at LICE-2015
A paper Peter Lippman co-authored with Elizabeth Matthews has been accepted for publication at the London International Conference on Education (LICE-2015). In the words of the LICE-2015 Steering Committee, below:
"Your submitted paper titled 'Allowing for the Spaces In Between: The Role of the Physical Environment in Early Childhood Education' has been refereed by 2 reviewers and accepted for the London International Conference on Education (LICE-2015) to be held at Heathrow Windsor Marriot Hotel, London, UK. The acceptance of your paper for publication in LICE-2015 proceedings reflects the high status of your work by your fellow professionals in the field."
Professor Charles Shoniregun
LICE-2015 Sterring Committe Chair
More details about the conference are available here.
Matipwili Expedition 2015
Philip Idle and Chloe Summers, along with a small team of volunteers, head back to Matipwili this week to continue the construction of a Trade Training Centre.
The Trade Training Centre will give the community new hope for the future by providing skills such as carpentry, mechanics and mat-making. It will catch and store water which will help save the lives of at least seven women annually who are taken by crocodiles from the banks of the river whilst doing simple domestic chores. It will also provide food for primary school children who often end up travelling long distances to school with no food in their stomachs to start their day.
It is through the generous support of many people in the community that this project has been able to commence construction and we are extremely thankful for their continued support. You can view the list of our generous sponsors here.
A website for the Matipwili expedition has been setup so that updates and photos of the trip can be posted regularly (internet permitting!). You can view the website here and read more about the Matipwili project as it happens.
CEFPI Conference 2015
Philip Idle, Dani Martin and Chloe Summers recently attended the CEFPI Australasia Region Conference in Canberra. Over three days they heard from speakers on learning spaces and emerging trends in education architecture, and visited numerous schools, colleges and university facilities. Dani has provided a brief rundown of the activities of the conference for CEFPI Australasia. You can read more here:
Mt Lawley Primary School re-opens its doors
Mt Lawley Primary School re-opened on Monday two and a half years after a deliberately lit fire burned 80% of the historic building. Premier Colin Barnett and Education Minister Peter Collier officially re-opened the school in time for the new school year. Students and parents alike were very excited to return to their new environment which features new technology in a two storey, twelve classroom block. EIW Architects are proud to have been involved in this project. In the design of the new building we maintained the school's original facade which is over 100 years old whilst creating spacious, fun and modern learning environments. The new changes include a dental therapy centre, hard courts, a lift shaft for accessibility, as well as more learning space that accommodates over 500 students.
To view Today Perth News' video link- click here
Thinking Inside and Outside the Box Monday, 19th January, 2015
Peter Lippman will be presenting at Hollywood Primary School
117 Monash Avenue, Nedlands 6009
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
How to Plan your Classroom for Optimal Learning
Peter Lippman Assoc. AIA, REFP is the author of and an accomplished educational architect.
Session 2: Ideas to Prepare for the First Weeks of School
Need some advice or ideas to refresh your current practices to be organised and prepared for the beginning of the new school year? This session is packed with great tips and strategies together with free handouts, surprise bags and loads of door prizes to get you started.
Dani Martin - Chair Elect for CEFPI WA Chapter
Dani Martin was elected as Chair Elect for CEFPI WA Chapter on Wednesday night. She will hold the position for the next 2 years and following that will hold the position of Chair.
Hammond Park Catholic Primary School- Official Opening and Blessing Ceremony
The construction of stage 1 of Hammond Park Catholic Primary School commenced in 2011 and was successfully completed in July 2013. Stage 2 is expected to start on site in early 2015.
The official opening and blessing ceremony occurring on Tuesday 18th November 2014. Present were EIW’s own Dani Martin, Tony D’Andrea and Mark Oliver who worked on the project as well as staff, students and parents. The Archbishop Timothy Costello blessed the school and Executive Director of Catholic Education Dr Tim McDonald officially opened the school, saying ‘I believe these buildings are a great example of how innovative building design, focused on flexible learning spaces, tangibly supports best practice and enhances 21st-century teaching and learning’ (Dr Tim McDonald, Catholic Education Office)
The ceremony also included choir and catering and a chance for visitors to familiarise themselves with the new space.
For further details and images of Stage 1, please click the link here to take you to our projects page.
Click here to see the official School's Newsletter.
Peter Lippman talks about office and classroom design with Kate Everson, Associate Editor of 'Chief Learning Officer' magazine .
Click on the links below to view the articles:
EIW Architects to present at the next Merge ‘3 Over 4 Under’ Talk
Two of EIW Architects Associate Directors’; Dani Martin and Peter C. Lippman have been invited to present at Merge ‘3 Over 4 Under’ talk on Thursday 23rd October. Merge is a collective of established and establishing Architects here in Perth where knowledge is shared and support is given.
At the talk- alongside 2 other established firms and 4 emerging firms- the topic “On Impact” will address the effect the work we do has on everything around it; from the population to the environment and everything in between. Hammond Park Catholic Primary School, Tranby College, Santa Maria College, and Holy Cross College will be showcased as places that we have created and are having a positive impact on students and the learning process.
It will be an evening of shared knowledge, a chance to mingle and best of all- the event is free.
See the poster below for full event and rsvp details. We would love to have your support. See you there:
Iona Presentation College in Mosman Park is looking to the future
As part of Mosman Parks' local community for over a century, Iona Presentation College is looking to make positive changes for the school and it's students whilst involving the local community to ensure a continued symbiotic relationship.
EIW Architects are proud to be part of this upgrade and will provide a modern and functional facility complimenting the school's 'green space'.
Mrs Anne Pitos, Principal of the College, says in an interview with The Post "while many of our current buildings have served us well, a significant number no longer meet the requirements of modern teaching and learning". (The Post- David Hudlestone. P.10 & 100- 23rd August 2014)
Moving to a more student focused way of teaching and away from a more traditional format requires a vastly different learning space, which has been the main focus for the master plan concept.
The two stage project will include replacement of existing buildings with a four-storey teaching centre at the centre of the grounds. It will include visual arts, a cafeteria, library, learning suites, staff community room and extra parking. The second stage of the build involves a performing arts centre that will include a multipurpose auditorium, basement parking, music, drama and dance areas.
For more information on the proposal, go to Iona Presentation College website for their video on the Future Campus
For the full article in The Post- please follow the link here. (pages 10 and 100)
It's Award Season in the Architecture World
EIW has been busy entering several projects into both the CEFPI Awards and the AIA Awards over the last few months.
We have entered Ngulla Mia Boarding Facility at Clontarf Aboriginal College, Hammond Park Catholic Primary School and Tranby College Social Sciences and Administration Building. These project submissions can be viewed on the following link: CEFPI Awards
We have also entered two of our projects into the Australian Architecture Awards; Hammond Park Catholic Primary School has been entered into the "Small Projects" category, and Clontarf Aboriginal College Trade Training Centre has been entered into the "Public Buildings" award.
The final decisions on all the awards are yet to be confirmed but have a look at our projects yourselves and see what you think:
Project: Hammond Park
Project: Clontarf Aboriginal College
Third Annual CEFPI Symposium is a Success in Perth, March 2014
EIW staff recently attended the third CEFPI WA Chapter Symposium, discussing inner-city education. A great line-up of speakers (including our own Peter Lippman) provided different opinions and thoughts on how education and our perceptions of the city are changing. You can read an article on the event by Associate Director Dani Martin here.
Peter Lippman's article is published in CEFPI journal
EIW Architects own Peter Lippman is published in the 47th edition of the CEFPI journal where he discusses the 'Science of Learning'. To read the full article, click here
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