Known as South Australia’s first vertical school, Adelaide Botanic High School opened its class-room doors in 2019. A conversion of an existing 1960’s building, the project presented an opportunity to demonstrate the latest thinking in design pedagogy and advance a more innovative approach to education in SA.

Project Name: Adelaide Botanic High School
Studio Name:
Cox Architecture
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Photography: Sam Noonan
Project size: 15120 m2
Completion date: 2018

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Staircase & Seating ©Sam Noonan

The school is deeply integrated into an established education and cultural precinct in the north-east corner of Adelaide’s city, set within the parklands and adjacent to the Botanic Garden, Zoo, universities and Frome Road.

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Auditorium ©Sam Noonan

Botanic High locates a STEM focused and contemporary schooling experience in a beautiful parkland setting, combining science with nature.

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Exterior View ©Sam Noonan

It creates a multi-disciplinary vertical learning environment that allows a high degree of visual and physical connectivity between floors. The school’s active atrium which sit sin the heart of the building allows for collaborative opportunities not available in traditional school settings.


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