Building Barn, Box Hill TAFE

This project involved the design of a simple steel framed structure for carpentry and plumbing apprentices studying within the TAFE (Technical and Further Education) sector. The design of the building envelope responds to wind effect, solar movement, site easements and acoustic demands.

A large elliptical opening on the street elevation acts as a contemporary proscenium, revealing the mechanisms of the training process. This approach ensures that the Institute’s learning programs are exposed to public view.

The shaping of lightweight metal and polycarbonate cladding over a simple industrial steel frame allows for the creation of an expressive architectural form within a limited budget.