Designed by McBride Charles Ryan, Fitzroy High School is located in Melbourne, Australia. To the occupier the building was shaped from the interior out; an initial block of program was pushed and pulled to create a series of peninsulas within the large learning studios.
The intent was to create spaces within spaces, studios that could operate in a large variety of teaching scenarios from small group discussion to a large lecture format (and everything else in between). Spaces that could be divided quickly and easily via a series of dramatic curtains allow team teaching to occur fluidly in response to the dynamic of the group. Teacher’s work areas are embedded in studios, glazed and on show, impromptu and informal interaction between all is encouraged.