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The Gipson Commons, St Michael's Grammar School

Architect: Architectus 2016

Inner South | IS13

Building Description

At ground level the building works seamlessly with the ground plane of the School campus – revealing a cafeteria space that is almost part of the landscape – a space for refueling, recreation, learning and social interaction. The stairway to the upper levels marks the transition into more dedicated spaces for learning. The uppermost floors of the building are dedicated to a hybrid Science/Knowledge facility, where practical areas are defined by the need for specialist services and the interstitial space can be used by class groups, individual learning and group work with reflective zones located away from social ‘centres'. These ‘spaces for possibilities' are premised on the Balinese House – consisting of a spacious courtyard (atrium) with small pavilions (pods), and ringed by a wall (façade).

What's On

Two tours at 12pm hosted by team members of Architectus. All three levels of The Gipson Commons will receive equal focus.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 July 10am–2.30pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Self-guided

  • Access: Fully accessible, all ages

  • Notes: Refreshments available toilets available

  • Building Type: Education

  • Architecture Era: Contemporary (2001- current)

  • Transport: Tram stop: Chapel St/Dandenong Rd route 5 and 64, Tram stop 41 on route 78

  • Website: architectus.com.au

  • Photo Credit: Trevor Mein, Ian Davidson

Location

25 Chapel Street, St Kilda 3182, St Kilda VIC

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