Echuca Twin Rivers School – Stage 1

Stage 1 of the Echuca Twin Rivers School completes the merger of two existing primary schools—Echuca South and Echuca West—with Echuca Specialist School on a new school site in preparation for future co-location with Echuca Specialist School.

The design takes inspiration from the Plains-Wanderer, a critically endangered bird native to the region. Like the unassuming ground-dwelling bird, the modestly scaled, low-slung forms blend into the rural landscape, and the material palette of variegated coloured brick and metal cladding references its mottled plumage. In plan, the buildings take the shape of outstretched wings that define enclosed courtyards and sheltered outdoor learning spaces. Internally, the buildings feature an interplay of lofty gathering spaces with intimate learning studios and withdrawal spaces that are enlivened with splashes of vibrant colour, enabling the school to spatially cater to students with diverse learning needs and promote active investigation, inquiry, social interaction and collaboration.

Located on the western edge of the township, Stage 1 construction comprised of an administration area, flexible library and resources zone, primary student general learning areas, landscaped gardens, a competition sized sports oval, extensive play areas and staff carparking.

In addition to traditional education facilities, hands-on learning and community interaction is greatly enhanced by the establishment of the Twin Rivers Café housed within the main entrance foyer of the school. This propose-built facility, managed by Echuca Specialist School, embodies the school’s identity as a nurturing, inclusive, educational environment.