Grace Crossington Smith Gallery, Abbotsleigh School

Wahroonga, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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A sensitive refurbishment has transformed a Sydney school boarding house into an engaging, accessible public art centre.

Halls of history Located on the Abbotsleigh school campus in Wahroonga, NSW, this 1906-built building was originally a boarding facility called Vindin House. In 2012, Allen Jack+Cottier was commissioned to convert Vindin House into an art gallery, benefitting both the school and the public.

Shaping the gallery The refurbishment involved removing internal walls to create spaces for displaying artwork. An internal staircase was constructed and positioned according to the original layout, with teaching spaces featured on the upper levels. Partition walls were removed, improving natural light, while new lighting services were fitted throughout.

Accessible for all A new external stair and lift core was added to building’s rear, making it accessible for wheelchairs and providing direct access from the school campus for students. The front of the building was also updated to enhance public access.

Abbotsleigh Multipurpose School Sports Hall and Sports Field

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