St Ignatius’ Therry building is an environmentally sustainable design in which healthy and inspiring environments support the academic, social, pastoral and community needs of 21st Century learning and demonstrate a courageous commitment to stewardship.
The design for Therry is a unique transformation of an existing building that supports the College’s ambition to adapt its current teaching and learning, reinforce its pastoral commitments and achieve a sustainable solution, fulfilling their mission to remain relevant, nurturing and responsible in todays world.
CLIENT Saint Ignatius’ College
LOCATION Riverview, NSW, Australia
SCALE 5,400 sqm
In 2014 St Ignatius’ College commissioned PMDL to assist them in defining a clear brief to underpin its strategic plan and from that develop a masterplan that established a clear framework for development. In order to achieve this the College established a masterplan working group, consisting of selected executive, head of faculty and facility staff to work closely with PMDL.
The masterplan process cemented in the College’s mind the overriding need for future development to focus on Teaching and Learning, with the aim of transforming their existing structured, defensive and siloed learning spaces into visible, connected and inclusive learning environments that celebrated the learning and promoted collaboration and personalisation.
The design of the Therry building incorporates all the brief requirements in a subtle response that effortlessly fulfils the College’s ambitions for a progressive but supportive new learning environment. The building retains the sanctuary of the classroom in a transparent environment that exposes the teacher and students, thereby raising the level of enquiry and inturn quality of teaching. It’s a considered approach that ensures a gradual and purposeful transition to new teaching and learning practices, the College being mindful not to impose this on their team but rather support and inspire them to come on the journey.