The site for this design proposal is the old Kinnear rope factory in Footscray, a fast-evolving suburb of Melbourne and one of the Victorian Government’s priority precincts for education. This innovative senior campus encompassing year 11 and 12 students will also cater to the wider community, futureproofing Footscray as a place for growth and opportunity.
The Kinnear factory building is typical of industrial buildings of its time but has a historical and architectural significance given its complex scale and longevity in manufacturing. Although a residential development project is currently being proposed for the site, we see the inclusion of an educational campus critical for this evolving suburb.
The overarching principles for the proposed campus focus on culture, community, innovation, and functionality. These engage Footscray’s identity as a multicultural, creative, and growing suburb. The campus includes a broad range of facilities for sports, arts, culinary and science activities. These are structured as ‘neighbourhoods’ within the school to support students with different interests. Some of the facilities are accessible to the broader community of Footscray enabling shared spaces that integrate the school into the wider community.
The centre of the campus is an outdoor green space. Each ‘neighbourhood’ is inter-connected, providing visual connection and hierarchy enabling a smooth pedestrian flow throughout the campus.