Sunshine Coast Grammar School Visual Art Centre

A future-focused visual art centre for all students

The high visibility of the gallery space is wonderful for our student work and has allowed students right across the school to engage with the art programme.
– Lyn Stokes, Business Manager

Sunshine Coast Grammar School planned an extension and refurbishment to the existing art building. However, due to flood immunity requirements and a new Visual Arts Centre was required. The building is contemporary and focused on student movement, a good connection with the outdoors and an abundance of natural light.

The Centre has three large art studios, dedicated multimedia classroom and general learning area, a well-equipped and light-locked darkroom and a permanent student gallery space.

The original campus buildings are domestic in nature. The new building is robust and contemporary to accommodate a multidisciplinary hands-on art curriculum. The sawtooth roof with the expressed roof structure evokes an industrial aesthetic. The metal cladding, coloured CFC and epoxy flooring contribute to the robustness in stark contrast to the surrounding buildings.

Three large sawtooth roofs provide volume to the spaces and enable clerestory windows to provide natural light to the spaces below. From the entry, the wide main circulation spine creates a gallery space for permanent display of student work. It provides access to the art studios, GLA, multimedia and dark rooms as well as staff and support spaces. Aligned under the roof the three large art studios are separated by shared art media stores. Each studio has a secure, semi-enclosed, interconnected art court creating a large teaching and learning space.

Guided by the flood modelling, the flood and civil engineers ensured the building achieved ood immunity as well as ensuring the proposed building did not have any impact on the extent and severity of flooding on the remainder of the school site and adjoining properties.

Together with the structural and service engineers the large volumes of space were achieved in the studios ensuring mechanical services were limited to bulkheads and spaces above storerooms.

School budgets are modest, with value for money a consideration of any capital works program. Given the school had originally planned a refurbishment and extension of the existing building, the demolition and construction of a new building came with an increase in cost. The school however saw value in having a new purpose-built building which was able to be better tailored to their needs.

The art courts are semi enclosed spaces with batten screening to the exterior to provide ventilation and natural light. When open to the studio spaces the A/C is shut off and circulation assisted by large ceiling fans.

We are thrilled to have a purpose built art centre that not only meets our current needs but is flexible and robust for the future.
– Lyn Stokes, Business Manager

This purpose-built Visual Art Centre responds to the very specific requirements of the art teachers around storage and easy flow learning spaces. It gives students in both high school and primary school the opportunity to access state of the art creative learning spaces and the gallery space satisfied the school desire to allow all students to engage with the creative arts whether an art student or not.


Sunshine Coast Grammar School


Forest Glen, Sunshine Coast




Kane Constructions


Mindi Cooke