Adelaide, Australia




DesignInc + Cox Architecture


Adelaide Botanic High School was designed as South Australia’s first vertical school in collaboration with DesignInc (education planning + interior design) and Cox Architecture (architectural envelope + base building). Located within beautiful parklands adjacent to Adelaide Botanic Garden, the architecture combines science and nature in a connected learning environment. The school’s heart is an active light-filled atrium connecting multi-story buildings. Flexible learning areas encourage collaboration and connection between students. Designed for a 5-Star Green Star As-Built rating, environmental design minimises energy and water use in support of the city’s Adelaide to Zero Carbon Challenge.

Photographer: Sam Noonan

Textiles: Calibre Status textiles

Leathers: Elmosoft 88033, 88020 + 87088 leathers

Acoustic: Ecoustic 13.5mm Opal acoustic panels, Ecoustic Domino Opal + Indigo acoustic tiles

Awards: Derrick Kendrick Award for Sustainable Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects (SA) 2019, Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects (SA) 2019, Dr John Mayfield Award for Educational Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects (SA) 2019