The design for The Hester Hornbrook Academy delivers a harmonious educational facility that is warm and welcoming. Its high school-age students are some of the most disengaged young people from some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged areas. The sensitive design response supports a pedagogy that supports community, inclusiveness and interaction.
A unique element of the project is the design’s intent to visually connect all the spaces so that students can see others using the space, which fosters a feeling of security. The design’s emphasis is on community and belonging, and for these students being a part of something is crucial, not only for their academic