STEMWORKS – Port Augusta Secondary School
Port Augusta, South Australia
Department for Education
Year of completion:
The new STEM and Visual Arts Facility at Port Augusta Secondary School replaces aging Tech Studies Facilities and creates a new focus for the learning precinct of the School. The new building is informed by its location at ‘the gateway to the outback.’
The two opposing pods, one Stem and one Visual Arts, take advantage of the fall across the site being linked by a covered outdoor learning area. The central area designed with tiered seating for casual and formal learning opportunities and potential interaction between the two learning streams, while allowing large areas of glazing for natural lighting and ventilation sheltered form the harsh outback sun.
Stripped back to its bare essentials, with structure and services exposed and with raw finishes, the building becomes a machine for learning, whose exposed workings aim to inspire the creation of STEM project work and facilitate the process of making.