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Vertical school wins Future Project of the Year

19 November 2016

Authored by Hayball

South Melbourne Primary School has been awarded Future Project of the Year at the 2016 World Architecture Festival in Berlin, and we couldn’t be more excited!

WAF is the world’s largest global architectural awards programme and festival. Having won the the Education – Future Projects category, South Melbourne Primary School went on to be selected the overall Future Project best in show ahead of 12 other Future Project category winners, including a centre for commemoration and learning in Kenya and a series of camping huts in Singapore built from recycled ocean plastic.

The government primary school will provide education for 525 students, with integrated community facilities for the growing Fishermans Bend community. The judges said it will be “an innovative and inspiring vertical campus, we believe it will be a great learning environment in a highly dense new development area.”

Director Richard Leonard, who presented to the juries with director Ann Lau,  said it’s an incredible honour for the project to be recognised on the world stage.

“As the first vertical school in the Victoria, the project is a ground-breaking one. One of the things we’re proudest of is the combination of a learning hub with a community centre for the local residents to enjoy, which embraces the connection between learning and recreation, students and neighbours,” he said.

The design of the South Melbourne Primary School is an outcome of research and the open exchange of ideas and different ways of thinking. Hayball extends its thanks to our client the Victorian Department of Education and Training, to the City of Port Phillip and to our team of consultants for their part in its success.