Located in Brisbane, Australia, Samford Valley Steiner School – Multipurpose Hall was designed by Pentarchi+ Phorm. The Hall is scribed into the Samford Valley landscape, sited amongst existing gum trees, taking advantage of the gentle slope with the ridge line orientated towards Camp Mountain in the distance. The new structure provides an indoor and outdoor focus through the program, creating a pivotal point in between the denser ‘lower school’, and the recently established ‘high school’ buildings on other side of the campus.
With a removable performance stage, the hall was conceived as a flexible space allowing numerous possibilities of configurations to work on different scales. Firstly, as an internalised space used for individual ‘eurhythmy’ class and small group lessons. Secondly, for gathering complete school assemblies and ‘formal school ceremonies’ where the indoor and / or outdoor stage areas can be implemented. Thirdly, the space can be opened towards the landscape where a covered stage becomes part of the grassed amphitheatre scribed into the landscape for much larger outdoor performances.