Australian Technical College

St Joseph’s College, Ferntree Gully, Melbourne

This is an Australian Technical College (ATC) for Eastern Melbourne. As this facility provides courses in the building trades we have used a surveyors staff as a motif to identify the facility amidst the surrounding school buildings, this measuring device/frieze travels around the building to enliven, delineate and direct both the external and internal spaces. Given the opposing needs of the facility to be a large open space and the school’s need for a building that appeared not to be a “large dumb shed” this ruler device works hard to decrease volume and increase drama.

Photographer: Peter Hyatt