We are more than delighted to announce that our Tullow Centre has received four prestigious architectural awards, namely:
- Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA) – 2020 Best Public Building/Structure
- Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA) – 2020 National Design Memorial Award
- Design Matters – 2020 Past Presidents’ Award
- Design Matters – 2020 Best Non-Residential-Commercial Building >$2M
The Tullow Centre (Killester’s Performing Arts and Music Learning Facility) was the vision of Leanne Di Stefano (Killester’s former principal). When it became evident that our Arts curriculum was flourishing we dreamed about the perfect building for both the Performing Arts and Music departments, as well as the rest of the school community. We then met with Crosier Scott’s, a Melbourne based architecture firm, who designed the Performing Arts and Music space of our dreams.
The new building and surrounding landscape was designed to complement the rest of the campus. The centre is a meaningful and practical addition to the school that can be used for a range of activities. The name Tullow is significant to Killester as Tullow is a town in Ireland where the Brigidine Sisters originated from.
The design incorporates bespoke music and drama facilities, internal and external performance and gathering zones, flexible and adaptable learning and activity spaces, offices and administration areas, as well as functional storage, garage and accessible toilet/change-room facilities alongside landscaped recreational spaces that provide an opportunity for further congregation and summertime performances.
The Centre itself is vibrant warm, welcoming and striking. It is a place where the performing arts can be highlighted, celebrated and taught in purpose-built spaces that all students can enjoy. The design incorporates playful references to musicality through the use of material and colour, while the design fully exploits its location and orientation, weaving the new facility into the fabric of the existing campus.
We love our new building and can’t wait to see how it is used in the years to come. We will release a virtual walkthrough in time – keep monitoring our Facebook page.