The Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership - Melbourne Grammar SchoolEdit profile
The Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership - Melbourne Grammar School
"We believe the contemporary library is a place of study open to the world outside, full of noisy discussion of new ideas while still providing space for quieter contemplation." John Wardle
In May 2004, Melbourne Grammar School announced John Wardle Architects as the winner of a design competition for a landmark building on Domain Road, establishing a new front door for the school. The Centre for Learning and Leadership will integrate library and information technology functions, and include a 240 seat lecture theatre and administration centre.
The subject of learning becomes the face of the campus through a transparent library envelope. The emphasis is on providing an active space with access to knowledge in a variety of media, electronic as well as traditional forms. The library elevation is an open glass façade that exposes rows of books as well as thriving companion activities, symbolically representing both a repository of knowledge and a shift to a more open and engaging institution.
The entry on Domain Road will be expressed as a slice through the new building that reveals the West Quadrangle’s1858 facade.
The Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership at Melbourne Grammar School designed by John Wardle Architects has received a Premiers Design Mark in the architecture category of the State of Design Festival awards program. To quote the awards jury, “This building is a refined response to both a demanding client brief and urban, historical context. The building offers a lyrical sequence of spaces and an animation of the streetscape that invites human occupation. A close inspection of the building reveals a deft hand in the skillful resolution of details that hold a consistency with the overall design concept that is achieved only in instances of architectural excellence.”