6ty˚ has been consistently involved in ongoing projects at Marist Regional College over the past 20 years including the Harcombe Centre, Performing Arts Centre, Administration Upgrade, Chanel Centre & the most recently completed McAuley Centre.
The McAuley centre is modeled on a mirrored version of the original design for the Chanel Centre. An image of the elderly ladies hands resting on the bible was the genesis of the new building and this underlying design philosophy, that is the hands of prayer, became the spine or backbone for the new building. The hands of prayer mean many things to many people but upon reflection we believe the joined hands could offer sanctuary, love, knowledge, truth, honesty, reality, energy, understanding, protection to name a few in the name of God, all of which is embodied in the fabric and experience of the new middle school learning centre.
The heart of the new learning centre is the main breakout space which provides an enclosed but light and vibrant space in which the students feel comfortable to ‘hang out’. The area was designed as a back drop for the students to change as they see fit and thus becoming a space in which they can express themselves. By taking the attitude that the occupants will have ownership over this space creates a vibrant ever changing atmosphere of self expression that allows the students to explore their inner feelings and their place in the school community. Natural light filters into the space from large highlight windows, enhancing the ambiance of the area.