All Hallows' School Terraces & Landscape
Wilson Architects has designed the terraces and adjacent landscape for one of Brisbane’s most historic sites – All Hallows’ School. The all-girls high school was established in 1861, and as such, is home to some of Queensland’s oldest buildings.
The design brief was to first and foremost maintain the pastoral quality of the school and its views to the river. Wilson Architects design amplifies the site’s prime inner-city position, all the while continuing the architectural language of the firm’s recent works at the school.
Landscape Architect Ilka Salisbury, part of the design team, says that integrating landscape
architecture in education is highly beneficial.
“Landscape aids in the learning process by providing a space for leisure or outdoor lessons, and promoting interaction with tactile landscape components,” she says.
“It also gives students a greater understanding of the many benefits of plants, and environmental sustainability more broadly. Fresh air and green break-out spaces provide respite from the stress of classrooms.
“A school surrounded by an attractive landscape is an inspiration to all students, teachers, staff and parents.”
Wilson Architects was inspired by the view across to the river from a particular part of the site – the Convent.
“We were careful that our design didn’t alter or jeopardise the site’s grandeur,” Ilka says.
Existing timber garden pergolas were retained as significant historical parts of the garden.
Meanwhile, other works included the formation of a single terrace to facilitate physical activities for an increasing number of students. The design prevents students falling over the brick retaining wall between the two existing terraces, which was previously a major issue for the school.
The project also included the reformation of the grade 12 gathering space, previously located below a series of large Ficus trees on uneven brick paving. A new deck protects the tree roots and promotes the trees’ continuing health, while providing a setting that supports student
The retained and enhanced magnificence of existing trees and views to the river, reinforces the girls’ education towards conservation of the natural world.
Complete Jan 2017
Beth Wilson, Ilka Salisbury, Phillip Lukin