In architecture as in life, it’s often the small things that make the biggest difference.
This is certainly the case in the Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership, the latest building to grace the ancient grounds of Melbourne Grammar School. The new building, by John Wardle Architects, won the 2009 Interior Design Awards.
In times where schools are turning inward rather than outward, the Centre exudes confidence in its interactions with the city. Located on a busy road, the building is actually a series of interlinked pavilions offering views to the green quadrangle inside the school, and the wide world outside.
Sure, soaring ceilings, a clever take on that oh-so-Melbourne material bluestone, and clever angles all make the Centre look and feel fantastic. But what really makes the difference is the intricate brickwork, the play between light and shadow, and the delicate glass embossing. Just lovely.