Cranbrook School

Bellevue Hill, NSW |

Cranbrook School


Arcadia have worked closely with Architectus, Buildcorp and the Cranbrook School PCG to design this exciting redevelopment of the Hordern Precinct, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Cranbrook, an independent boys school, has a rich natural and built heritage, with picturesque views of the Harbour and a unique identity. This project presented the opportunity to not only provide a variety of new outdoor learning and social spaces, but vastly improve the public interface of the school with New South Head Road and the South Head community.

Architecturally the project provides a large number of teaching, learning, dining and common spaces in a memorial building at the southern end of the oval. A rooftop chapel, music and theatre rooms and indoor sports facilities are all planned. This includes a subterranean Aquatic Centre, below the oval, that will front the prominent northern corner, with an urban plaza presenting to the street.

Arcadia’s landscape approach cleverly stitches the heritage and existing buildings together with the proposed, across a site of challenging terrain and protected vegetation.

Responding strongly to the local context and character, the landscape spaces positively shape the Bellevue Hill campus’s social and physical environment. With a focus on making these spaces functional, robust, timeless and playful, the courtyards and open spaces deliver flexibility of use, efficient human movement, and abundant outdoor learning opportunities.

Progression of pedagogy and student learning has guided in the development of design thinking, and the detailed spatial arrangement of new landscape spaces. Design moves consider not only the project outcomes but also legacy, ultimately showing respect for school history and the positive effects this has on students, into their future.

A feature of this project was the BIM delivery and coordination undertaken in-house.

Detail plan, Arcadia

Image: Doug + Wolf

Image: Doug + Wolf

Image: Doug + Wolf

Image: Doug + Wolf