Combining a BER project with a BGA grant, Lorien Novalis has completed its first purpose designed high school buildings comprising science facilities, classrooms (BGA) and a new Library and Eurythmy space (BER). With a $3.2m construction budget, the project was project managed and built by a dedicated team of ex-students and teachers. Trees felled from the site were cut, seasoned and used for crafted joinery items.
The three storey building, with open verandahs and articulated facades sits comfortably within the bush setting and provides a real foundation to strength to the developing high school.
The first purpose-designed building was the kindergarten, constructed in 1976 by parents and teachers. Brick walls originating in the garden meander through the hexagonal spaces creating a playful tension with the geometry of timber columns.
The primary school was designed as an integrated whole in 1977, with classrooms constructed in stages around a central courtyard. High clerestory windows and large sliding doors link the classrooms to outdoor learning spaces. The detailing of exposed hardwood structures reveals the handwork and dedication of generations of parent carpenters.