Domain Road, South Yarra VIC
NOT JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL
Melbourne Grammar School’s award-winning Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership creates a new campus entry as well as consolidating library facilities and providing lecture spaces.
The architect’s challenge was to address the school’s heritage, specifically the adjoining bluestone 1858 West Quadrangle building, not to mention the Domain Parklands and Shrine of Remembrance.
The building’s most dramatic expression occurs in the book stack pavilion wall which is clad in Daniel Robertson™ London Roman 50mm bricks. These classic bricks, based on the famous London Stock brick, were custom made with a touch of bluestone to complement the heritage precinct. Despite its folded design, this wall uses standard sized bricks. The elaborate patterning continues above the “crease”, with book-like bricks projecting vertically, dubbed a “bookend bond” by architect John Wardle.
The Nigel Peck Centre was awarded the Victorian Architecture Medal, Premier’s Design Mark Award, National Award for Public Architecture and the William Wardell Public Architecture Award.
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