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Penleigh and Essendon - Grammar School

MCR McBride Charles Ryan

Oceania | Melbourne

The new pavilion for the youngest pupils at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia is reminiscent of a fairy-tale cottage, a contemporary version of Hänsel and Gretel’s gingerbread house. Set in a residential area of mostly Federation-style housing, much in vogue at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the school occupies several such buildings, blending seamlessly into its comfortable surrounds. As well as an essential addition to the school facilities, the new building has been designed to stand out from its neighbours, presenting an assertive public interface onto the road. Its unusual, even bizarre shape is highly distinctive among the pitched roofs, brick-patterned façades, deep porticoes and verandas of nearby residences. At the same time, it preserves a subtle continuity of colour and form with its neighbours. The use of brick exemplifies this dual...

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