Hamilton Parklands School is a small dual mode Special and Special Development School catering for a small cohort of students from a large regional catchment in south west Victoria. The school provides educational programs for students with intellectual disabilities and aims to provide their students with the resources to become active, engaged, and responsible citizens.

The design developed for Hamilton Parklands School draws upon a simple domestic vernacular. The conceptual form has been developed from a gabled form extruded across the length of the building. The form has then been grounded through the use of a lower brick wall section which is carried through as a datum across the entire building, stepping to respond to the internal condition. This form endeavors to create a scale of building which is sympathetic to its context but also creates a homely feel for the staff and students of the school. The simple form creates efficiency in construction and buildability with repeatable grids and modular elements included to ensure detailing is simple and clean.

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Functionally the administration spaces are located in the northern most section of the building with community and specialist spaces acting as a connection to the learning community on the south. The north eastern corner of the site is the main point of address for the school forming the civic frontage while student will continue to enter from the eastern bus bay directly into the learning community. The division of spaces ensures a balance of public and private uses throughout the school ensuring the varying growth and development needs of students can be accommodated.

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