Commercial

Albert Park College

A school is a community – a place for individual growth, where identities form.

Client

Department of Education

Architects & Collaborators

Woodsbagot

Andrewashton

Photographer

Terence Chin

Status

Completed

In 2011, Victorian state school Albert Park College sought a stronger sense of identity.

Developed to replace the Albert Park High School, the school is situated on blue-chip suburb Albert Park, Melbourne. The brief was to rethink an austere state high school into a dynamic learning environment. We challenged the status-quo by designing a vibrant and appealing new interior overlay, as well as reimagining the school’s brand, uniform and wayfinding.

We collaborated with Studio Round on the school’s new brand identity, which was iterated through both the space and in the uniforms, emblazoned with the Albert Park ‘A’ – which stood for Artistic, Athletic, and Academic.

Spatially, this new brand identity was echoed throughout the space through clever way-finding and signage by Andrew Ashton Design. The original reception required a refresh to become a more inviting first impression for the college. We selected sturdy pieces by MAP International, paired with characterful recycled furniture from Egans Auctions and specialist lighting by Inlite.

In an approach championed by Albert Park College’s founding principal Steve Cook – former head of the award-winning Williamstown High School – we connected with local suppliers and the design community to create a considered learning environment to inspire both young minds and teaching staff alike.

Albert Park College was shortlisted for the 2011 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Best Institutional Project.