Originally built in 1871, the Bundoora campus for Parade College is steeped in history and tradition. So when we began our design development for the new wing we recognised the importance of honouring that heritage while also making modern references that would continue to inspire students and staff for years to come.
The result is a building that features a completely new façade treatment, creating a point of difference from the original buildings yet drawing upon Catholic symbolism and the rich Australian context of the site.
A diagonally shaped curtain wall system was adopted for the building’s façade with a series of window units and aluminium panels with digitally printed graphics and perforated panels infilled between the framing members. The base structure was pre-cast concrete with its forms and shapes imitating the curtain wall façade above. The façade of the Callan Wing extension inspires a poetic sense of imagination, creating a new identity for the school and engaging students and staff in unprecedented ways.