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woods bagot: KIOSC green school in victoria, australia
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feb 23, 2013
woods bagot: KIOSC green school in victoria, australia


‘knox innovation, opportunity, and sustainability centre’ by woods bagot architects, victoria, australia

all images courtesy of woods bagot

 

 

international firm woods bagot have received acclaim for their design of the knox innovation, opportunity, and sustainability centre (KIOSC) in
melbourne, australia. while the sustainability training center is part of a consortium of schools, the design is part of a specific effort to integrate
eco-friendly construction methods in accord with the environmentally responsible ‘technical and further education’ (TAFE) curriculum taught
inside the classroom. located in swinburne university of technology’s melbourne campus, students from the city of knox in grade 7 through 10 can
attend presentations, visit the discovery center, replete with technology and laboratories, as well as take lessons in ancillary learning spaces.
a green gradient of vertical louvers distinguishes the facade while providing a passive cooling system and allowing the passage of light in the double
height space. the expansive glazing defines concepts of reflection and refraction and works in conjunction with strategic siting and building orientation.
the training center uses its very architecture as an educational tool by carefully integrating color, materials, form and technology to create an engaging
learning environment that illustrates the environmental role of buildings.

 

 

the undulating green metal louvers protect the building from solar heat gain

 

 

the building is oriented for optimal passive lighting

 

 

students in grade 7 through 10 can attend the discovery center and learn about sustainable technologies

 

 

the ground level creates a hollow for stepped outdoor seating

 

 

the terraced courtyard is a welcoming public space

 

 

(left): students sit in the outdoor space by the entrance ramp
(right): a detail of the louvers 

 

 

the ramped entrance affords views of the crank-like louvers

 

 

the school provides students with practical skills, industry links and opportunities to interact with sustainable technologies

 

 

sustainable materials are used in the inner fabric of the structure as well

 

 


natural light illuminates the hall

 

 

students in one of the simulation classrooms

 

 

color and function are expertly employed in the facade

 

 

at night the louvers still gleam with interior light

 

 

the colorful louvered facade takes on new dimensions at night

 

 

rendering of the entrance

 

 

walkway and courtyard

 

 

terraced courtyard

 

 

ground plan

 

 

floor plan level 1

 

 

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