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Cutting edge centre of innovation and learning

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The future of education at Christian Brothers College will be cutting edge and include a purpose-built astronomy observatory and ecological roof deck classroom.

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The city-based college today announced it will build a new centre of innovation and learning at its senior campus on 214 Wakefield Street. The development will provide a contemporary and state-of-the-art learning environment for students, as well as an exciting architectural icon in the heart of Adelaide.

The building’s design strongly references the use of crystallised geometric forms, with associated complex mathematics which pays tribute to one of its multi-function uses as a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) facility.

The centre’s ecological roof deck classroom, specifically designed for student-led STEAM study and experiments in ecologically sustainable development, and the purpose-built astronomy observatory will offer students the opportunity to engage and learn in a practical and hands-on environment.

A feature of the centre will be the use of natural materials with simple colours and textures, complemented by controlled natural and artificial lighting, refined acoustics, fresh air movement and internal planting. There will be several above ground walkways linking the centre to adjoining buildings, while the development will open up the western courtyard’s previously under-utilised space by providing undercover leisure and breakout areas for students.

Speaking about the project, principal Noel Mifsud said the “future of education has arrived at CBC”.

“Celebrating 140 years in 2018, CBC’s iconic new centre for innovation and learning remembers the past and celebrates an exciting and world class vision for 21st century education in the heart of Adelaide,” he said.

The facility will be developed by Swanbury Penglase and is scheduled for completion in 2019.

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