Barker College Junior Prep School – Kurrajong Building
Barker College has always committed itself to leading the way when it comes to education. A key part of this commitment is their master planning program that aims to provide new facilities to educate the students of Barker today whilst building towards the future.
With the arrival of the Kurrajong building, it is clear that Barker College is moving in leaps and bounds towards this goal.
CLIENT | Barker College
SERVICES | Mechanical, Electrical and Hydraulic
LOCATION | Hornsby, NSW
The Kurrajong building has been designed to focus on bringing new technology into the education space in a flexible and engaging environment. From the large, open internal spaces flooded with natural light through to the landscaped exterior, this space is the perfect environment for fostering the growing minds of children from Pre-K through to Year 2.
One of the centrepieces of the Kurrajong building is the large piazza space where students can come together for gatherings and presentations. At the heart of the space, a large tree shaped structure spreads its branches over the ceiling space, symbolic of the growth and development that the space encourages. Complete with a massive LED lit screen made from interconnecting panels, the space boasts the latest audio visual technology to facilitate learning.
Even in the classrooms nothing has been spared when it comes to education. With interactive whiteboards in each room as well as creative uses of nooks and stepped seating to create a unique and exciting environment for students to explore.
Outside the landscaped playground is a dream from the budding explorers. Designed by Umbaco Landscape Architects, the space contains water features, sandpits, a cubby house and even a classic “Chook House” to provide some tactile experience for the students to grow and develop.
JHA were given the opportunity to provide Electrical, Hydraulics and Mechanical design services working alongside PMDL Architects and Prime Construction to deliver this state of the art early stage education facility.