Curro Durbanville, a school in the portfolio of JSE-listed independent education provider, Curro Holdings, launched a brand new, contemporary campus for the high school that is 9 800 sq² in size inclusive of the auditorium. The new campus is situated in Groot Phesantekraal, about 5km from the current campus, and boasts the capacity to house 1 000 learners with room for further expansion.
The new campus showcases the very latest in education space design, which has been crafted with a learner-centric approach in which student needs and aspirations have been taken into account throughout the design process. Throughout this campus, 4 400m2 Safal Steel products played an integral role in roofing and cladding. Of great significance from a roofing perspective is the specified usage of Safal Steel flagship product, Colorplus AZ200 (TCT 0.53) throughout the campus buildings.
According to the project architects, BPAS Architects, the design of the building height was kept moderately low by spreading the accommodation over wider floor plates, thereby relating to the surrounding context of the existing- and planned urban skyline. The architecture is non-stylistic, it responds to site conditions such as climate, contours, accessibility, and connectivity, resulting in a site-specific design.
“Inside the main education section, we adopted a bold deviation from the standard ‘school typology’ – the classrooms within four walls norm is now challenged by the concept of constant interaction between spaces. The classes become permeable and adaptive with furniture, such as combinable tables, designed specifically for the hybrid and flexible use of each space. This dynamic space is emphasized by the juxtaposition of the slanted columns. These columns symbolize the encouragement of diversity, uniqueness, and unconventionality in a collective and safe environment” explains design lead, Landseer Collen of BPAS Architects.
The primary skeleton of the building is concrete, exposed throughout the interior, including part of the roof. This use of concrete no doubt adds a considerable contribution to thermal stability, with its thermal mass and natural ventilation being kingpin passive climate control measures.
Indoors, openable windows and louvres on facades added to natural ventilation. The atrium roof functions as a heat chimney, with constant cool air drawn in at lower levels from shaded areas on the façade. All naturally ventilated areas make use of cross ventilation across enclosed passages.