St Leonard’s College

Project: St Leonard’s College
Practice: ARM Architecture
Location: East Brighton, Victoria
Planex products: xLocker2 System
Lock technology: Rotary Hasp Lock by Artia

St Leonard’s College is one of Australia’s premier independent co-educational schools in East Brighton, Victoria. The school engaged ARM Architecture to develop a series of buildings that will meet the future needs of staff and students distinguishing it from other colleges. The new buildings have been sensitively placed around the historic 1890s Harefield house, and comprise the Merton Building for their senior students and the 600-seat stand-alone Leonardian Performing Arts Facility.

These spaces are inspiring and uplifting giving you a sense of vision and leadership. Walking through the Leonardian Centre you cannot help but dare to dream, that all is possible and why wouldn’t it be when the original concept was inspired by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. When Architecture inspires the human spirit to dream big, you’re giving individual students the opportunity to step up.

In keeping with these new developments ARM Architecture also undertook the refurbishment of the middle school. Heading this refurbishment project was Principal Architect Amber Stewart along with Katherine Brown who was responsible for the Interior Design. The brief was to increase the functional capacity of the classrooms by removing the existing lockers and integrating larger lockers within the corridor along with informal breakout zones for the students, in turn creating a better flow and improved circulation within the building.

Planex installed 400+ xLocker2 lockers into the middle school each equipped with a shelf and coat rail. Katherine Brown selected Lucy Simpson’s Buunhu perforation pattern and utilised a range of contrasting blue doors to create bands of colour and movement throughout the corridors across different levels. This sense of movement was emphasised with curved bulkheads and voluminous wrapped walls with the xLocker2 system integrated within.

Photography by Chris Matterson