Victoria University Secondary College

Traditional Custodians:

Wurundjeri.

Typology:

Education

Location:

Ken Jordan Rd, Cairnlea, Victoria, Australia

Project value:

$24m

Builder:

SJ Higgins

Collaborators:

O’Neil Consulting Group

ABC Engineers

CPS Services

CDA Design Group

ABDEC Group

North Projects

Emma Cross Photographer

Awards:

Better Future Australian Design Awards

2023 Multi-Residential (Silver)

Better Future Australian Design Awards

2023 Multi-Residential (Silver)

Better Future Australian Design Awards

2023 Multi-Residential (Silver)

Better Future Australian Design Awards

2023 Multi-Residential (Silver)

Better Future Australian Design Awards

2023 Multi-Residential (Silver)

Better Future Australian Design Awards

2023 Multi-Residential (Silver)

Client:

Consolidation of multiple campuses.

The new Cairnlea campus for Victoria University Secondary College was the product of a consultative and collaborative planning process where campus consolidation, learning space improvements and understanding of place were paramount.

Expanding on the existing Trade Training facility previously completed by VTAS, the three new learning hubs each have a specialist learning identity, providing students with a range of opportunities to explore their passions and develop their skills. 

Stakeholder Engagement.

Leveraging virtual reality in combination with real-time project editing resulted in a more fulfilling and efficient design process. Our browser based 360 degree tours facilitated immersive spatial comprehension and design assessment, which can be difficult to achieve with traditional two-dimensional plans. Real-time editing meant that we would implement changes or experiment with alternative design solutions instantly within the VR environment. This approach expedited decision-making, reduced iterations, and accelerated project timelines, highlighting issues earlier and resulting in fewer design errors during construction. We believe the use of VR technology can foster deeper engagement, heightened understanding, and facilitates design outcomes tailored to each projects unique requirements.

Colour psychology.

The strategic use of colours in classrooms can significantly influence learners’ moods, attention span, and overall academic performance. For instance, shades of blue were applied throughout the STEAM building to calm the mind and enhance concentration. On the other hand, warmer tones of red and orange stimulate creativity and encourage active participation, perfect for interactive sessions in the Performing Arts Hub. Greens, reminiscent of nature, create a balanced atmosphere, promoting calmness and focus simultaneously. However, overuse of bright, saturated colours might lead to distraction. Hence, a harmonious blend, considering the functionality of space, is crucial. In essence, understanding colour psychology can empower interior designers to craft education spaces that not only look aesthetically pleasing but also foster optimal learning experiences.

"Victoria University Secondary College was an exciting opportunity to create rich clusters of space guided by the principles of colour psychology."
Chloe Sheridan
Head of Interiors