Giving Salesian College a place for student services to sit under the one roof, William Ross Architects have created a new Student and Administration Centre which allows for a holistic approach to the wellbeing of students.
Extending the existing space, the Centre acts as the front door of the college, and offers a clear entry point to the institution. It is located close to the entry gates and offers views of the college courtyard, giving those entering the school a strong initial vantage point.
William Ross devised an external facade of black steel that features the wrought iron crucifix, which are both seen frequently throughout the design language of the other school buildings. The interior is well lit, with charcoal carpet, cream coloured walls, timber and exposed brickwork ensuring a practical yet contemporary facade. The energy-efficient building is composed in such a way that makes it well ventilated, and improves connections and access to the existing 2-storey facility behind.
Giving the school a clear entry and a place for all student services to be accessed in the one place, William Ross Architects have thought simply and effectively for the extension of the Student and Administration Centre. The space’s palette is reminiscent of many commercial and educational builds of the recent past, and is equal parts practical and functional.