YOLLA DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL
Project: Refurbished and additional classrooms
Location: Yolla District High School, Yolla - Tasmania
Contractor: Stubbs Constructions
Funded by the governments stimulus initiative, Building Education Revolution (BER), Yolla was designed and constructed under tight budget constraints and time lines. It included new classrooms as well as the refurbishment of the original timber framed building being more than 100 years old.
Three (3) new classrooms where constructed to enclose an existing court space and integrate with an existing covered walkway. These new rooms were designed around a large common shared space combining all three class teaching spaces for a more integrated learning environment.
Reworking of the 100 year old existing building was challenging but we managed to incorporate the same open plan concept of the new rooms to align with modern teaching methods and contemporary classroom design. Rearranging the interiors of seven (7) classrooms and connecting them in pairs with glazed operable walls allows the use of larger more flexible spaces and creates visual connectivity. The existing and traditional connecting corridor was widened and rearranged to create shared learning areas with the classrooms gaining a more connected and flexible learning environment. The end result, a complete transformation of 100 years of classroom design into modern, flexible, colourful and bright teaching environments.