All Saints Primary School

Project status: Completed in 2008
Location: Belmore, NSW

“Education and environment determine personality and character” – William Godwin

Photography: Brett Boardman

AIA Sulman Medal for Public Buildings 2009

Emerging Architecture Award (AR) London 2009

AIA NSW Architecture Award for Public Buildings 2009

The completion of the initial All Saints Primary School building represents the first stage in the establishment of the new All Saints Primary School campus and with it, the Greek Orthodox Church achieved the first part of a long term goal to commence the establishment of a cultural precinct around the existing All Saints Church.

The primary school building is a simple narrow extruded form approximately 80 metres in length. Teaching spaces are located over four levels accessed from a continuous external walkway and breakout spaces to the west.

The client and the architect agreed from an early stage, that a school should be a stable structure in repose. To this end the materials were selected and the construction was composed to achieve a robustness tempered by a material and chromatic warmth and with a poetic playfulness that was considered appropriate for such an institution. Stretching a penny with all of the project team, a school was made and we hope all who attend will be inspired by and recall fondly the experience over the next hundred years.