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Knox Grammar Junior School Academy and Performing Arts Centre

Setting the stage for the stars of tomorrow

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Emerging talent needs the right space to shine. Working closely with Knox Grammar school, we designed a state-of-the-art Junior Academy and Performing Arts Centre (JAPAC) that gives students the perfect platform for learning, collaboration and self expression.

When you’re finding your way in life, your most valuable resources are inspiration, learning and encouragement. The new JAPAC building at Sydney’s Knox Grammar School gives K-12 students a wide range of professional-standard performance spaces to enable them to discover and develop their skills in real-world settings.

State-of the art facilities, on a challenging site

The ambitions for the new campus were huge, but the site wasn’t. Restricted by the North Shore railway line, nearby residential housing, the existing school buildings and an active floodplain, the plans had to make the most of available space, while fulfilling essential acoustic needs for world-class performance and recording.

Extensive site reviews and early CDC planning pathway and design development, resulted in a solution that shaped the new building and its envelope around two core needs – academic functionality and performing arts functionality.

Despite the limitations, the final design included a 750 seat auditorium with fly tower and orchestra pit, 160 seat drama theatre, choral room, rehearsal rooms, drama room, dance Studio, several music rooms, a recording studio, rock lab, peripatetic Music rooms and a three-storey foyer connecting the theatrical and learning areas.

The perfect balance of architecture, education and engineering

The new facility helps students develop a sense of identity, express themselves and develop skills and relationships that complement the school’s other academic programs, engaging the wider community and creating opportunities in production, performance, design and technology.


Architecture, Landscape ArchitectureDiscipline
EducationSector
Wahroonga, NSWLocation
BuiltStatus
Knox Grammar SchoolClient
EPM Projects, Taylor Constructions, JHA Consulting Engineers, Meinhardt Group, Taylor Thomas Whitting, MBMplCollaborators
$50mBudget
Discipline
Architecture, Landscape Architecture
Sector
Education
Location
Wahroonga, NSW
Status
Built
Client
Knox Grammar School
Collaborators
EPM Projects, Taylor Constructions, JHA Consulting Engineers, Meinhardt Group, Taylor Thomas Whitting, MBMpl
Budget
$50m
Jonathan West
Director, Principal, Sector Lead - Education
Andrew Leuchars
Director, Principal - Landscape Architecture
Jonathan West
Director, Principal, Sector Lead - Education
Andrew Leuchars
Director, Principal - Landscape Architecture

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Jonathan West

“Architecture is the ability to create and influence the quality of people’s lives.”