Press Release: Ten best education buildings in the world – Allen Jack+Cottier’s Sydney primary school shortlisted in prestigious 2012 World Architecture Festival awards
Allen Jack+Cottier’s (AJ+C) recently-completed primary school building for The International Grammar School Sydney in Ultimo, Sydney, has been named among the ten best school buildings in the world by 2012 World Architecture Festival judges. The project joins education buildings from Japan, the United Kingdom, Spain, Taiwan, the United States of America and Australia to compete for the top award at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore 3 – 5 October 2012. Allen Jack+Cottier delivered this naturally ventilated mixed mode school building on the same BER budget that delivered a single school hall to most schools. The iconic form, colour and scale of the IGS building was a direct response to the formidable collection of large brick warehouse buildings which give Ultimo its distinctive character. Allen Jack+Cottier exploited the plasticity, durability and transparency of glass in its scheme, using large, playful amoeba-like openings all over the 4-storey school’s external walls to lighten the facades, and provide multiple perspectives.