About the Design
The building design has been developed by local architects, MODE, to respond to the tropical climate of Darwin.
The heritage listed Boab tree is the focal point of the design.
A layered façade with louvre screens and external terrace spaces protects the building from the direct heat of the harsh tropical sun.
The slope of the façade also ensures the Boab is not overshadowed and is provided with the necessary sunlight for growth.
This is a practical design that aids the flow of people. Staircases will link key floors to promote interaction of people in the building and not solely rely on the available elevators.
The teaching areas will be in the middle levels and staff offices on the top floors.
The landscaped terraces help contribute to the permeability and connectivity between the building and outdoor spaces.
Outside, the landscaping will include an area for physical activity, a basketball half court, and an undercover area to support events and accommodate food trucks.
The project team has also collaborated with the Darwin City Deal’s CSIRO Darwin Living Lab to make the building as energy efficient as possible. The Lab aims to improve liveability, sustainability and resilience in the face of Darwin’s hot climate.
Relevant national and international sustainability rating systems have been used by the design team for benchmarking, which has informed the selection of sustainability initiatives that are appropriate for the project.