603 Queensberry Street North Melbourne (Originally “State School 307”): Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership
The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership is an excellent example of architecture encompassing past, present, and future. The Academy’s launch in 2022 at two sites coincides with a celebration of 150 years of public education in Victoria. This heritage-listed building has preserved exteriors and sensitively modified interiors to deliver outstanding professional learning facilities.
603 Queensberry Street, an exemplar of Victorian Gothic Revival style, was designed in the 1880s by architect Henry Bastow who oversaw the construction of more than 600 schools following the introduction of the Education Act in 1872, making Victoria one of the first jurisdictions in the world to offer free, secular and compulsory to all children aged between 6 and 16.
Maddison Architects’ award-winning design preserves the careful limestone, brickwork and render of former State School 307 while incorporating various pedagogical approaches to provide facilities purpose-built spaces – including a 100-seat theatre – to motivate and inspire learning experience.
The Academy delivers a range of professional learning opportunities to Victorian school leaders and highly skilled teachers. Onsite installations showcasing modern professional learning facilities will encourage visitors to learn about the history of the buildings and the history of education in the state of Victoria.
The Academy delivers a range of professional learning opportunities to Victorian school leaders and highly skilled teachers. Onsite installations showcasing modern professional learning facilities tell the history of the buildings and the history of education in the state of Victoria.
Attend a presentation of the building’s heritage aspects, where architect Peter Maddison will highlight the design decisions made to bring the Academy into the 21st century.
Images: (1) The original neo-Gothic facade. (2) Modern (Maddison) meets original (Bastow). (3) Modern exterior: angular steel construction. (4) Modern interior: the concrete and metal staircase with glass infill. (5) The 100-seat auditorium with three presentation screens. All images courtesy Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership.
Time & Date
Event 1pm-2pm. Capstone presentation with Peter Maddison, award-winning architect and director, Maddison Architects, who led the re-design of 603 Queensberry Street.
Bookings not required. Event capacity is limited and operates on a first come, first in basis.
Sunday 31 July
Accessible parking nearby
603 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne 3051