Eumundi State Primary School: New Landscaping & open play areas.

 

The middle of the school is currently landscaped with a system of log retaining walls, paths & gardens. The site here slopes steeply over the equivalent of 2 storeys.

This scheme proposes a new configuration of stepped concrete block retaining walls & grassed terraces. When built, this will open up the middle of the school to provide level open play areas at the middle of the school. On a school whose site slopes so steeply across its entire width, such level areas are necessary to maximise the useable areas of the school.

Where retaining walls were required, they have been designed as stepped grassed terraces. This eliminates the need for balustrades, and results in seating areas and informal learning areas as landscape extensions of the classroom buildings.

From a hazardous system of paths and retaining walls, the levels have been reshaped to transform the centre of the school grounds into useable outdoor spaces which integrate with the school’s other buildings.

 

 

Eumundi SS South Terrace Seating

New grass terraced seating & informal outdoor learning area to eastern end of school

 

 

 

 

Overview of new open area, looking towards north east.This area forms a central courtyard, with the Canteen to the left, double storey classroom block to the right, and open covered paved area at top right. (The roof is not shown for graphic clarity.)

 

View across the new landscaped open area, looking north west towards Canteen.

View across the new landscaped open area, looking north west towards Canteen.

 

 

 

Cross sectional construction detail - demonstrating the precise setout of new ground levels to avoid fall hazards throughout the new landscaped grounds.

Cross sectional construction detail – demonstrating the precise setout of new ground levels to avoid fall hazards throughout the new landscaped grounds.

 

Eumundi SS Section through southern terraceEumundi SS Section through grassed terraces

 Eumundi SS Section through northern terrace stairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eumundi SS Section through eastern terrace

Cross sectional construction detail – demonstrating the precise setout of new ground levels to avoid fall hazards throughout the new landscaped grounds.

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