Vertical Schools as Community Hubs
conference contributionposted on 30.11.2020, 08:46 by Tony Matthews, CLARE NEWTON, mirko guaralda, Severine Mayere
Vertical schools, relatively new to Australia, are responding to increasing student numbers in central suburbs with limited available land. School facilities and spaces for drama, music, exercise, socialising, craft, play and eating are typically located for potential community use. The analysis within this paper focuses on the traces of community connections that can be discovered from visual analysis of plans and occupied buildings. We compare emerging Australian vertical schools with European precedents. How and why are communities using school spaces? What community spaces do students use and what are their adjacencies with school uses? What are the private, privileged and public spaces of vertical schools? Which schools operate as gated communities and how do the more porous examples address the safety of children? We consider northern European examples where vertical schools have had a longer history. Examples include the influential Danish Hellerup School, Ørestad Gymnasium, Sydhavnen School, the Finnish Saunalahti School and the Swedish Barkaby School. This forms part of a larger analysis of vertical schools in Australia and overseas the authors are proposing to undertake.