Belmont City College – Hospitality Trade Training Centre

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We are very pleased to showcase this recently completed project -  the outcome of the passion and enthusiasm of Project and Design Architect Natalie Hill.

The design approach for the project is focused on providing an effective operational environment for the delivery of Hospitality training packages. The facilities are laid out to accommodate skills training style classes, with a demonstration bench facing work areas that accommodate up to 16 students in a class. The facilities also accommodate A La Carte training and service which interfaces with a restaurant environment.
Primarily the intention was to create a functional and comfortable facility that also provided engaging, flexible spaces that energise students, teachers and the community.
A series of folded pale green ceiling planes allow an abundance of natural light, while a glazed perimeter frees the roof volume from the walls creating a sense of lightness for the students, teachers and patrons inside. Externally, insitu concrete planter boxes for a future produce garden aspire to connect students with the elemental aspects of food. They also promote positive exchanges between patrons of the restaurant and students emerging from the kitchen to collect items such as herbs, tomatoes or fruits.


The articulation of simple qualities of space and light have aspired to create positive teaching and learning spaces that are open, communicative and connected.


Trevor and Darrel from the college have both expressed great delight with the outcome and GA are very proud to have been involved in such a great project team. Thanks too to Shane and Tristan from PACT constructions for doing such a great job. Nice one boys.

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Playing with LEGO

WHAT a great idea.

WHAT_architecture’s school in London, with its distinctive façade of Lego, took community consultation to the next level – involving kids in its design and construction.

See more here at Australian Design Review

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Erika-Mann Elementary School II – Berlin

This interesting project came across my desk this morning. Very interesting collaborative project – architecture students working with the kids…  Its fantastic to see their imaginations manifesting themselves.

It’s even more interesting to see that a project such as this obtains funding.  We have much to learn here in Australia…

I would love to hear what educators think about these spaces.

We feel no sympathy at all for any kid in Berlin who complains about school if their school is Erika-Mann Grundschule II . Not only do the principles of their school seem like they were actually created for children, the school’s recently revamped environment is amazing — perhaps not surprisingly as it was designed by the kids themselves with Baupiloten, a group of architecture students.

Some time ago, we wrote about Taka-Tuka Land Kindergarten which was also designed by the same Baupiloten studio. It is a group of architecture students at the Technical University of Berlin led by architect Susanne Hoffmann who founded the studio in 2003.

Baupiloten projects allow the architecture students to experience all facets of a real-life project, from design to budgeting, cost control and site supervision. The students also learn to present to clients and to convince them that their solutions are viable and practical.

A group of just under 10 architecture students worked on the Erika-Mann Grundschule II project. The kids who are using the space participated actively in the design process, giving the architecture students their views on how they will actually use the space, how it should function and what they’d love to see in their school.

Together they sought to lighten and cheer up the heavy and authoritarian air of their old school building from 1915. They developed a playful concept based on a fantastical world of the Silver Dragon. The farther into the building one moves, the stronger one feels the presence of the Silver Dragon whose spirit changes, moves, glows and shimmers.

The different spaces are called Snuffle Garden, Snuffling Room, Chill Room and Dragon’s Breath, each starting with a clean white background and offering freedom of expression in the form of flexible furnishings.

via thecoolhunter – Erika-Mann Elementary School II – Berlin.

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