Curro Durbanville. Curro Durbanville is a school managed by JSE-listed independent education provider, Curro Holdings. They are proud to announce that it has expanded its original grounds. This is resulting in a brand new, contemporary campus for the high school that is 9 800 sq² in size (once the auditorium is complete). The new campus showcases the very latest in education space design. It has been crafted with a learner-centric approach. Throughout the design process their needs and aspirations have been taken into account,
The new campus is situated in Groot Phesantekraal, about 5km from the current campus. The campus opened 12 January with the capacity to house 1 000 learners with room for further expansion.
Mature and established brand
“After 24 years, Curro has undoubtedly grown to become a mature and established brand. Our approach to education constantly evolves. This keeps us at the forefront of educational developments,” says Riaan Stroebel, Head of High School at Curro Durbanville. “In an effort to keep Curro Durbanville at the forefront of educational developments, we asked learners and teachers what their vision of an ideal school was. We then shared that feedback with the architect team. This approach has ensured that our learners were truly at the centre of the new campus design.”
The new campus challenges the conventional arrangement of space within a school where usually, the classroom is private, the hall and passages semi-private, and the playground is the school’s public space.
For example, an art classroom opens into an atrium that can be turned into a gallery or exhibitions area. It also shares space with a cafeteria. The cafeteria’s practical and workable kitchen will be used by the hospitality learners. They will be taught in the consumer studies classroom (which also links to the cafeteria).
Adapt to future needs
This kind of spatial design provides flexibility and hybrid use. This is essential for a school that needs to adapt to future needs. “The school of the future is one that is integrated across its various spaces and uses. As all good architecture needs to, it works with the needs and uses of its occupants. This is what we have aimed to achieve through this project,” comments Stroebel.
Inspiration for the project was acquired from the best schools in Europe, Brazil and India. It took key indicators from our Southern African continent. The high school for instance includes features that reduce the school’s energy footprint. A rainwater harvesting system is developed.
The campus also has a state-of-the-art 360-seater dedicated auditorium. It is designed to facilitate the performing arts. Adjoining it are one dance studio and one drama studio. Furthermore there are six music rooms with inter-movable doors to ensure the space is as flexible as possible.
Sports facilities include a 400m dedicated athletics field. Furthermore the are six hard tennis courts, four netball courts, an AstroTurf hockey field, cricket oval with nets. A rugby field completes the facilities.
“Curro Durbanville has grown from humble beginnings to become a solid education foundation for the Durbanville community and surrounds. We believe this is a trailblazing next step in South African education. The new design and campus experience has been developed with our learners in mind. It is they who will use the grounds. This is why they became such an important stakeholder in the upgrade process. We are delighted to welcome our learners back to the newly renovated school that has so much of their inspiration embedded into its make-up,” says Dirk van Zyl, Curro Durbanville’s Executive Head.
For more information about Curro Durbanville High School, contact 087 284 7204.
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