The Williamstown High School designed by Spowers is located in Victoria, Australia. An emphasis on natural light and views connect the students to their local environment. Rainwater is collected via a highly visible system of pipes and tanks and used for toilet flushing and irrigation. Tactile materials such as timber and brickwork are exposed internally and the structure is expressed to give the students an understanding of how their buildings are constructed.
A measure of this project’s achievement is that it has been selected as one of 6 Educational facilities in Australia to be used as a pilot project for the Green Star Education Rating Tool. The project has also won several awards, including the 2008 Premier’s Sustainability Award for Public Buildings, the 2008 Australian Interior Design Award for Sustainable Buildings and the 2007 Best Secondary School & Best Overall School Design in the Victorian School Design Awards.