Project: New year nine campus
Location: St. Patricks College, Launceston - Tasmania
Contractor: Fairbrother - Launceston
Croagh Patrick is a year nine (9) campus developed by St. Patricks College of Launceston, with the initiative to separate year nine students from the main campus, offering these students their own space coupled with different programs to specifically deal with transition from adolescence to young adulthood.
Adolescence, coupled with teenage emotional growth, pushed this building design around identity, creating spaces that feel more like a home, providing a more relaxed approach to learning interacting and engaging more with the students.
To help achieve this intent, Croagh Patrick has no corridors, every space becomes a sitting/common space offering an alternative learning environment rather than being confined in the traditional classroom environment. Visibility was also a key initiative of the design, with views in every direction and into virtually any room of the campus, allowing better supervision, but more importantly, better interaction and communication between student and teacher