Biscoe Wilson Architects undertake a wide variety of architectural and planning services within schools and education facilities. These projects often involve small structures, refurbishment or adaptive reuse of existing buildings, or redeveloping external landscape areas.
Finding economical and inspiring solutions to the smaller projects around school sites can add as much value to schools as some of the higher budget major projects.
This small Covered Learning Area (COLA) at Cavendish Road SHS provides an exciting colourful teaching space adjacent an existing teaching block. The punctuations within thick walls create seating nooks and colour accentuates the dynamic form.
Another COLA at Milpera SHS incorporated a folded steel roof wall to cover an outdoor court and stage. By using clever design a mundane structure can be reinvented to provide a building that is both functional, robust and brings delight to its users.
Repurposing an existing classroom undercroft at Cannon Hill SS was done on a shoestring budget. Utilising existing doors and windows demolished from another building at the school, an economical flexible learning area was created.
An exercise at Balmoral SHS involved masterplanning improvements to external spaces between existing buildings. Existing barren courtyards were reinvented as well landscaped and interlinked spaces incorporating soft and hard landscape elements and shade. The project was staged to enable the school to develop the courts as funds became available.
Biscoe Wilson Architects designed and donated a “Harvest Table” for a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Project at Bulimba State School. We commissioned a cabinetmaker friend to build the table and used recycled timber. The table is used to present fruit and vegetables grown in the school grounds.
All of these projects are small in scale and large in social impact and importance.