Smart school by design
INVERLOCH Primary School is officially one of the best designed buildings in regional Victoria.
The school is a finalist in the Victorian Architecture Awards.
The school, together with designer Opat Architects, is a finalist in the regional prize category, alongside the Flowerdale Community House, New Hammond Fellowship Centre and William Buckley Bridge at Barwon Heads.
The winners will be announced at a gala awards presentation night this Friday (June 29) at Crown Casino, Melbourne. All Victorian winners will advance to the National Architectural Awards held in Perth on November 1.
The Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects received a record number of 236 entries in the awards.
Principal Wendy Caple said the result was “fantastic”.
“The buildings work really well for us a school,” she said.
“The buildings have drawn so much comment from people. People who know their architecture seem very impressed and the maintenance people from the education department were wrapt because they said it looks like it will be low maintenance.
“It is designed well and built with materials that will last and be low maintenance.”
Ms Caple said the school was designed to maximise winter sun to reduce heating costs, while keeping summer heat at bay. Walls and floors are made from sound deadening materials.
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