The two-storey science wing is the first of three stages within the Sacred Heart College. The building has been architecturally designed with minimalist elements and considers such principles of order, form and hierarchy. The exposed pre-cast concrete columns have organised the spaces both internally and externally, including 12 learning areas, collaborative spaces, amenities and a northern pergola structure. These spaces contain fine minimalist detailing which requires a large amount of planning and precise fabrication to accomplish the desired result. The large circular window is a feature element of the building, and a construction achievement that involved a great deal of preparation and management to deal with the existing site constraints. The buildings material palette ranges from zinc and Scandinavian imported bricks cladding the structure, and aspects of concrete, steel and timber seen throughout the interior. State-of-the-art technology has been integrated within the building management system, to provide sustainable alternatives to control the temperature. This includes smart sun shades, blinds and slab hydronic heating.

Location: 61 Retreat Road, Newtown.
Value Range: $5m to $10million
Client: Mercy Education
Architect: McGlashan Everist Pty Ltd