A ‘Streams of Knowledge’ concept integrates the buildings into the landscape by capturing stormwater into rain gardens that function as green learning ‘ponds’. These ponds are connected to a central creek system that generates the structuring axis of the school. Aboriginal aquaculture systems – weirs and stone fish traps – guided the water sensitive design approach.
Referencing the nearby river a sequence of landscape ecosystems are linked to perform a range of amenity functions. Nature playgrounds, productive fruit trees and bush tucker gardens are woven together with rehabilitated native woodland and meadow species to create a rich cultural, ecological and productive landscape. A grove of olive trees shade a gathering space for outdoor events. The central lawn/amphitheatre captures water from the bioswales and filters it before it enters the storage reservoir below.