Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

The Lilley Centre, Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Exemplary design categories: flexible learning settings, furniture, library/media/resource centre, technology rich

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
The Lilley Centre is the hub for the Brisbane Grammar School’s academic infrastructure. It has many flexible and technologically enhanced learning spaces, providing learners with immediate access to knowledge and information in multiple formats and combinations. The learning commons is a two-storey space at the confluence of all circulation. It spatially organises the building, and was conceived as an extension to the historic Boarders’ Lawn. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively in groups, using furniture and technology tailored to replicate and extend classroom learning. Other spaces in the centre allow teachers and students to switch easily between learning modes. The furniture and technology supports a base cohort of six students, and rooms can be partitioned to accommodate classes of 30, 60 and 120 students. The building is sited so as to link, spatially and visually, the traditional gothic architecture of the school to the urban streetscape of central Brisbane. Materials have been selected for their quality and longevity, and tailored for their particular solar orientation or historic context. Brickwork tempers the scale and mass, stitching the various elements back to the Great Hall. The use of zinc cladding references back to the slate roofs. Different types of glass are used to modulate the level of transparency, which is determined by adjacent alignments.

Activity Areas: 3 traditional classrooms, experimental teaching laboratory, multi-group collaborative teaching space, flexible teaching areas, seniors’ room, function room, staff work stations and offices, print room, staff professional library

Project costs: AUD 27,000,000.00

Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"

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