DSG St Mary’s School for Girls / Pretoria
Wilkinson Architects were appointed for a number of minor projects at St. Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls. In order to ensure there is a long term plan in place for future development, the architects were also appointed to develop a spatial development framework together with a specialist heritage consultant.
The first two projects designed were a Creative Pavilion and a multi-use facility called the Kopano Centre. The latter includes and old girls museum area, as well as office facilities, a bookstore, locker facilities, two classrooms and storage.
The Creative Pavilion primarily serves the junior school and is just a robust space that can be used for all sorts of creative activities.
The design of both buildings was an enormous challenge as the client wanted modern buildings which respect the historical context. The Kopano Centre flanks the central commons in front of the main buildings, and simply becomes an infill building respecting the material palette, roof pitch and perimeter lines of the existing structures, although it is by closer observation a contemporary building with modern glass, steel and concrete detailing. The creative pavilion design also adapted a conservative approach in terms of architectural form, but is entirely a glass and steel structure. Terracotta roofs and a roof profile derived from the existing main building’s chimneys define the section.
Date of completion: under construction