Good Design Award

Our pioneering Container Classrooms have been awarded a Good Design Award, Australia’s highest honour for design and innovation.
The project is a reflection of GISS’s progressive and forward thinking school community and was brought to life by Architect and parent of the school, Andrew Nolan and GISS Chairman of the Board, Bernd Winter.
The duo war presented with the prestigious Award trophy during the 60th Annual Good Design Awards ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House.
GISS was commended by The Good Design Awards Jury for its ‘very well executed design’ - Thoughtful adaption of shipping containers for the education sector. Arts Village is a very well executed design project in a typology that is well suited to a modular design and build approach. The project is nicely engaged with the landscape and the overall overall colour pallet and branding is outstanding.”

“We are very honoured to receive the prestigious Good Design Award. At our school we encourage creativity and forward thinking, so to see this project being awarded with the highest honour for design innovation in Australia, is very rewarding and motivating for everyone involved. The GISS Arts Village has been now been in use for over three months and our students have embraced their new multi-functional learning spaces”, explains Chairman of the GISS Board, Bernd Winter. 

Move to Terrey Hills

The School conducted an international architect competition in 2003, which was one of the conditions for receiving contributions from the German Government.

The participating architects had a difficult task: the property’s slope, the minimum distance of buildings to the bushfire-prone neighbouring property and restrictions of building height and maximum building footprint created large challenges.

One of the few submissions which came close to meeting all requirements was the winning submission by Staab Architekten from Berlin. In order to meet all requirements of the School within the restrictions, the sports hall was built under ground, using its roof as a school yard.

The grouping of the School into 6 buildings reflects the rural character of Terrey Hills by creating the impression of a little village. The arrangement of the buildings replicate a student’s development from Preschool to graduation: the students commence in the building closest to the street and gradually move to the classrooms of the IB in the far end of the property.