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MICHELLE PHILLIPS

Michelle Phillips
Library Interior View
2012

Reaching New Learners is a network of program aimed at supporting Hard to Reach Learners return to the education system. Hard to reach learners left school early and are either unemployed or under-employed. They face a number of barriers to re-entry into the education system including a lack of access and affordability, negative experiences of education and institutions and or family commitments for example single mothers.

Reaching New Learners: Sunbury TAFE

Living/Education is a network of program aimed at supporting Hard to Reach Learners return to the education system. Site selection for the project was critical. Sunbury, as a previously regional town, is affordable, has an established community and a good concentration of services and public transport.

The program includes: a TAFE; library; auditorium; retail space; childcare and student housing. Learning is integrated into the way students live with classrooms running in parallel with outdoor and indoor recreation and relaxation areas.

To give the structure a more intimate and less institutional sensibility, the slope of the site is used to disguise its bulk. Connections between the housing and TAFE are drawn through the scale of learning spaces and the use of a similar material palette and architectural language.

A number of options of student housing types are provided to reflect the diversity of people’s family and living arrangements.

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Michelle Phillips
Site Plan
2012

The network of program aims to integrate community, education and housing facilities in order to draw diverse people together and make the TAFE less intimidating as an institution. Program includes that which is meant to engage the wider Sunbury community such as a library, commercial spaces, childcare and a cafe. An auditorium was also included as there are a number of dance schools in the area but no theatres for them to perform in. These facilities are concentrated to the north of the site at the main entrance to the site.

Michelle Phillips
Cross Section
2012

The TAFE facilities are concentrated at the centre. Classrooms wrap around outdoor relaxation and recreation areas, integrating learning spaces with the way students live. The planning of the TAFE is a pattern of larger and smaller spaces that can be extended or are open to the thoroughfares. This puts learning on display and breaks down the hierarchy of spaces which can dominate institutional buildings. Spaces are broken down from shared areas to the individual at the walls of the TAFE with individual study spaces at each window.

Michelle Phillips
Housing Ground Level Plan
2012

To give the structure a more intimate and less institutional sensibility, the slope of the site is used to disguise its bulk. Connections between the housing and TAFE are drawn through the scale of learning spaces and the use of a similar material palette and architectural language. Three different types of housing are included in recognition of peoples different living and family arrangements.

Michelle Phillips
Parent study and living areas
2012

Michelle Phillips
Model of TAFE
2012

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