Burnie High School Redevelopment
Maximising an opportunity of loss of a large area of school buildings to fire and capitalising on the replacement of the demolished building with a leading 21st century learning facility which will service Burnie High School and the community for the coming decades.
Filder Street Cooee Tasmania 7320 Australia
Tasmanian Department of Education and ARTAS Architects
The redevelopment of Burnie High School was a result of a fire that destroyed part of the school in 2009. This provided the Department of Education, Burnie High School community and Artas Architects with an opportunity to provide a leading 21st century learning facility which will service the school and the wider community for the coming decades. The central hub of the school was redesigned to better meet the academic, wellbeing, engagement, retention and social outcomes for students.
The rebuild and redesign has developed a number of outdoor leisure and recreational spaces for students promoting both passive social interaction and play. Architecturally, the new buildings promote flexibility of use and learning, visibility, light and connectivity through the use of ICT and support for team teaching and learning. The buildings incorporate industrial sound-proofing to ensure that all of the different curriculum areas can function effectively.
The performing arts complex is a state of the art facility integrated with asocial community zone with catering facilities. This, as well as the acoustic performance of the centre, has lead to much greater use by the community. Plazas for senior students have provided highly functional learning spaces supporting the notion of communities within schools.