Queenwood Aquatic Centre

The Queenwood School – Lawrance Campus is located within the “amphitheatre” of the Balmoral beachside precinct surrounded by residential properties. The northern and eastern wings of the existing building were retained and their structure readapted to accommodate the new science facilities. The new accommodation sits within the bulk and height of the previous envelope, thus maintaining views and solar access enjoyed by neighbours.

The contemporary expression of the building exemplifies how education has moved on from the institutional and conservative styles of the 1960’s and looks forward with confidence. The building features exposed concrete, plywood and composite panel – aluminium and glass reveals the interior.

The new accommodation includes an indoor 25m pool, training pool, covered basketball court, science labs and classrooms. The pool hall is enclosed by inclined 8 metre high glazed walls. 25m long box girders span the hall, held aloft by inclined T columns. The pool hall becomes an arena surrounded on all sides with corridors that afford gallery views of the pools.

The teaching spaces maintain summer comfort by natural means. The pool hall is fitted with automated high level glass louvres. Pool related plant has been engineered for year-round energy efficiency.


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