Darlington Public School

Darlington Public School

Darlington is a small school located on the fringe of the city of Sydney, near Redfern and vibrant and cosmopolitan Newtown. A sequence of linear brick forms related to the masonry residential and industrial setting, accommodates flexible learning space, hall and support spaces, while a fluid, organic series of movement and gathering spaces accommodate within a curvilinear perforated metal screen related to the outdoor play and gardens.
The school has been radically transformed, making way for new and contemporary learning environments, creating a safe and welcoming atmosphere, fostering a sense of belonging amongst the close knit community of students, their families and school staff. The school’s inclusive culture is a key part of the new design, acknowledging and respecting children from diverse family and cultural backgrounds.

The design also embraces the rich indigenous culture of Darlington Public School as well as the artistic heritage of the school. This was achieved in the first instance, by preserving the extensive collection of aboriginal artworks and featuring the art in the classrooms, hall and reception entry. Secondly the indigenous art murals painted on the walls of the original school building were photographed and kept for reference to be repainted on the walls of the new school. This will add a layer of history, keeping the important murals alive for the next generation of students.

Landscaping has been carefully considered and will be integrated into the next stage of the development. Specifically selected indigenous plants will feature in the community garden. The garden will be used to teach the students how plants are used in indigenous cooking and culture.

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