The design of Suzanne Cory High School has resulted in an iconic structure with an emphasis on environmental sustainability and clever use of form, materials and colour to meet the design intent to represent the geological environment of the west of Melbourne. The two storey structure has been designed to enable ubiquitous use of ICT through an extensive wireless network.
Specialist facilities for Sciences, Arts and Technology, Music, Languages, Performance, Physical and Personal Development, Mathematics and Humanities have been created. Learning spaces include extensive use of learning technologies and a modern library and research area. In addition to the school gymnasium and hard court areas, students have access to the adjacent all-weather athletics track, fields and sports centre. A distinctive feature of the design is the central Agora space. This unique area is a hub of activity and congregation. Adjacent to the canteen, performance areas and student iCentre, the Agora provides a large open, covered and sheltered space for student interaction and recreation. A 400 seat auditorium provides a modern facility for assembly, student performance and guest speaker programs.
The school design enables the building to be an educational instrument which demonstrates environmental sustainability features and allows students to see and feel the engineering elements which contribute to the construction and services in their learning spaces.