Fulton Trotter Architects
547 Ann Street Fortitude Valley , QLD 4000 Australia
The brief for All Hallows ‘ School Library refurbishment was to create a new inspiring space that takes advantage of new technologies, modern pedagogies and is able to embrace change over its life.
Fulton Trotter Architects embraced the design philosophy of Place, Pedagogy and Narrative.
The existing Potter library fitout was 20 years old, was too small, had the feel of a commercial office fitout and did not reflect contemporary educational needs. The brief was to create a new inspiring space that reflects the All Hallows ‘ tradition of excellence, takes advantage of new technologies, modern pedagogies and was able to embrace change over its life.
The design response was framed around three key themes being narrative, place & pedagogy.
Fulton Trotter explored the story of Mother Patrick Potter who the library is named after. The design references the school community values and Mercy tradition including the “Circle of Mercy “. Circles were used throughout the design in large scale planning through to construction details, signage and furniture.
The library entry design communicates that the library is a special space with intriguing glimpses of neon and circles signalling that the library is not a standard classroom space. The design maximises views out of the library so that the context of the library within the school campus community and within the surrounding city community is evident.
The design provides flexible spaces with wireless technology, LCD screens, easily rearranged furniture and writeable surfaces. The design creates focus areas and places suitable for class groups, small groups and individuals to work, collaborate and relax in.
The renovations have transformed the library into an exciting learning hub which will play a central role in supporting the teaching, learning curriculum of the school and provide an exciting and stimulating formal and informal learning space for the students.