Catherine McAuley College Sister Aloysius Martyn Arts Centre

Photography by Peter Bennetts

The Sister Aloysius Martyn Arts Centre is the first stage in a master plan design for the Catherine McAuley College. The design process involved community consultation to create a master plan to unlock the potential of the site to be an intergenerational learning centre for the Junortoun community.

The Sister Aloysius Martyn Arts Centre signifies the gateway to a future campus community that reflects the college’s pedagogical ambitions. The new centre creates an iconic entry statement, repositioning the school on the site and within the wider community.

Learning spaces are designed to foster student collaboration and creativity. Additionally, they support the college’s innovative and integrated art, design, technology and performing arts curriculum. All spaces are flexible and accommodate various modes of teaching, music and drama performances, art exhibitions and community functions. Ground floor spaces open directly onto outdoor learning areas. These areas include an amphitheatre and learning street that will form the main access into the campus.

The building supports the promotion of ecological sustainability through a number of active measures. Classrooms are positively connected to landscape maximising the cognitive benefits of learning connected to nature. A 60-kilowatt solar power system on the roof and building orientation and shading maximises passive heating and cooling, reduces the energy required to run the building. Rainwater is harvested for use within the campus and a constructed creek bed provides a path for stormwater and is a strong visual reminder of this critical resource. Data from these systems are captured to enable students to utilise within their learning.

“This innovative building development creates new learning opportunities, designed to enhance the students’ skills and educational pathways well into the future. The future of work will be increasingly collaborative and global, so it is more important than ever for students to be able to interact and plan collaboratively.”

Brian Turner, Principal