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Client: Prince Alfred College

Location: Kent Town, SA

Completion: 2022

Budget: $2M


Paul Gillett

Shae Taylor

Garth Davos

A sweeping curved glazed facade provides a strong contemporary architectural gesture to counterpoint the original stone buildings at Prince Alfred College. Surrounded by heritage building fabric, the design of the new Library & Resource Centre is deliberately modern, open, inclusive, innovative and bold.

The curved form continues inside, with the seating circle and organic shapes providing a welcoming environment, enhanced by acoustic considerations throughout. The material palette was selected to marry with the existing heritage context, however architectural expression was deliberately contemporary to reflect the respectful but progressive
philosophy of the College.


Grieve Gillett Architects thorough planning of the earlier Canteen and Boarders Dining Hall enabled a seamless second-floor expansion to be able to accommodate the development of the Resource Centre above. The expansion features open and private study cubicles adjacent to English Faculty GLAs, and informal breakout spaces grouped with the ICT workshop and help desk. Strategic space planning enhances access and circulation, optimises learning opportunities and maximises operational flexibility, while capturing views of the eastern campus, adjacent oval and eastern foothills beyond.

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