Infinite possibilities.


DIA Practice Member wins award for spectacular new secondary school.

The symbol for infinity is the design inspiration behind an award-winning senior secondary school building in Keilor, Melbourne.

Designed by Melbourne architectural company McBride Charles Ryan, a DIA Practice Member, the two storey ‘Infinity Centre’ at the Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS) Keilor campus has a striking outer façade of different coloured glazed bricks – which has just won it a joint Horbury Hunt Award in the Commercial Category of the 2012 Think Brick Awards.

It was also recently shortlisted in the Schools category of the 2012 World Architecture Festival.

The building uses the sweeping curves often employed by McBride Charles Ryan in its designs, and although bricks are usually associated with more angular shapes, the Infinity Centre’s ‘unifying skin’ of black and gunmetal bricks certainly catches the eye.

Inside, the building contains two sheltered courtyards full of light and, hopefully, learning.

‘The building is an embodiment of the journey of education, and the crossover between disciplines,’ explained McBride Charles Ryan, and is the practice’s third project for the PEGS institution.

MCR has also just been announced as the design winner of Monash University’s proposed new teaching and learning complex at the University’s Caulfield campus.

The building design, which will be developed further, currently includes a diamond ‘diagrid’ patterned concrete wall and glazed sections, making best use of natural light and dramatic views.

The building aims to become Monash’s central location for social sciences teaching, learning, research and public programmes.

Construction is expected to commence in 2015.

(Images courtesy of John Gollings and

This article was originally published in The Design Institute of Australia