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Alucobond Spectra And Manipulated Glass Transform College Facility

Katsumata Center, Kardinia International College, James Deans & Associates, Photography by Tim Loft

Project Name: The Katsumata Centre at Kardinia International College
Project Location: Bell Post Hill, Geelong, Australia
Alucobond Materials: Alucobond Spectra Cupral
Year of Completion: 2011
Architect: James Deans & Associates
Photography: Tim Loft

As a tribute to the Kardinia International College’s founder and life-long educational advocate, Yoshimaro Katsumata, the Katsumata Center for sporting and performing arts was created. The multipurpose facility was envisioned to embody the school’s progression both culturally and educationally.

Katsumata Center, Kardinia International College, James Deans & Associates, Photography by Tim Loft

Biographical information and hand-written poems form a factual motif for the school’s founder throughout the interior. Intelligent planning allowed designers, James Deans & Associates, to create a fully functional, 1200-seat theater with the ability to change into a sports stadium in less than 15 minutes.

Katsumata Center, Kardinia International College, James Deans & Associates, Photography by Tim Loft

The contemporary design approach of the exterior is evident in the manipulated glass and prismatic aluminum composite panels. The Alucobond Spectra Cupral panels are transformed by the sun and visual perspective allowing a range of reds, oranges, and yellows similar to the visualization of fire.

Katsumata Center, Kardinia International College, James Deans & Associates, Photography by Tim Loft

The project features an abundance of sustainable attributes including insulated external linings, controlled lighting, water storage, evaporative cooling and natural ventilation systems.

According to McGraw Hill’s 2013 report on “New and Retrofit Green Schools,” the green school market in the higher education sector shows not only strong financial benefits but also positive impacts on student health and well-being. Although this specific report was based on domestic construction, the reduction of environmental impacts in new construction is increasing around the world.

DISCLAIMER: The following listed samples are not necessarily what was used in the project above. Instead, we have suggested several similar looking finishes below.

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