Nunawading Science Library

Nunawading Christian College is a primary and secondary school on one campus. This project entailed a refurbishment to the existing senior science laboratories, some general-purpose classrooms and the library. The existing 1970s buildings consist of a robust palette of materials—cream brick, galvanized metal and timber.

A strong graphic quality underpins the design approach to the new elements. Perforated metal screens in a colour similar to the existing brickwork define the transition between old and new, including a new lift clad in glass blocks and perforated metal.

Each of the science disciplines has a dedicated purpose-built laboratory. A preparatory space is located in between the laboratories, including an equipment store and flammable liquids store. A combination of plywood and black laboratory-grade laminate provide a warmth and texture to the new contemporary science facilities. The library has been extended to incorporate quiet study space for the senior students as well as a more collaborative open zone that primary and senior students can share.