自2010年以来，Grey Puksand事务所一直保持着与Al Siraat高校的合作，为Epping North校区设计了一所可容纳1,200名学生的现代伊斯兰学院。Al Siraat高校旨在服务于多元文化社区，为预科班到12年级的穆斯林儿童提供教育。学院中约有来自28个国家的学生，除英语外，使用着31种不同的母语，形成了多元的文化背景。
Gray Puksand have been working with Al Siraat College since 2010 to develop their Epping North campus to realise a modern Islamic college for 1,200 students. Al Siraat College serves a culturally diverse community and provides education to Muslim children from Foundation through to Year 12. As such, the college has a diverse range of students from approximately 28 nationalities, with 31 first languages other than English spoken at home.
▼项目外观，exterior view © Tatjana Plitt
From its inception, with an initial enrolment of 80 students, the college now offers a full curriculum programme and continues to require the development of new learning spaces. In that time, from the initial site and a range of adjoining land acquisitions, the campus has grown from a 4 acre site to a substantial 11 acre campus. Through a comprehensive and ongoing iterative masterplanning process, our team works with Al Siraat annually to review their ongoing asset requirements, refining their development strategies and progressively delivering innovative, cost effective new spaces for learning.
▼室外活动空间，the outdoor open space © Tatjana Plitt
The most recent project to be realised through this masterplan process is the new Year 3 – 6 Learning Hub. Designed as the first phase of a three stage construction project, the new two level Learning Hub forms the core of what will be a major new Middle School Learning Hub. Sited alongside the banks of Findons Creek and nestled between several river red gums, the new learning hub has been sited to provide an outlook across the creek to the eastern parklands and capture the city’s views to the south. It has been oriented to optimise utilisation of this part of the college grounds, being visually adjacent to their Junior Learning Hub and primary age external recreation spaces.
▼入口空间，the entrance hall © Tatjana Plitt
As the first part of a three stage project, this new building was required to provide core amenities such as student services, amenities, communications hub and the main elevator. As such, the project has been designed as an anchor to which future stages are able to be added without duplication of core facility areas, aiming to minimise redundancy of building façades and infrastructure at the interface of each stage.
▼双层活动空间，the double height space © Tatjana Plitt
▼楼梯通向二层，the stairs leading to the second floor © Tatjana Plitt
▼二层学习空间，open study area on the second floor © Tatjana Plitt
为实现这一目标，建筑师首先规划和设计了一座超过 7,000 平方米的主楼，然后将其拆解为三个不同的项目。方案既需要考虑到资金供应，也需要满足为高年级学生创造学习空间的迫切需求。新的设计确保了每期工程作为独立项目的完整功能，同时为后续建设预留了空间。
To achieve this, the project was planned and designed as one major asset of over 7,000 sqm, then deconstructed into three distinct projects. This solution was required to align with funding provisions and satisfy the school’s immediate needs to provide additional capacity for their upper primary school cohort. Our design ensured each phase’s functional and operational integrity as a standalone project, whilst acknowledging the imminent additions that would be made for subsequent stages.
▼聚集讨论区，small spaces for gathering © Tatjana Plitt
These solutions included ensuring physical connections between each stage were seamless, and that each stage was afforded unobstructed outlooks and optimal site orientation. The roof design was planned as a series of elements that could be interconnected as each stage of the project was constructed, avoiding the removal of the existing structure and minimising impacts to roof sheeting. In addition, functional planning required a focus on egress requirements for each stage, whilst also considering how these would operate once all phases of the project were completed.
▼木框架围合的讨论空间， spaces defined by wooden frames © Tatjana Plitt
An external stair required for the initial stage was able to be seamlessly incorporated in the second phase of construction, as a key internal design element of the central void space.
▼开放空间，open spaces © Tatjana Plitt