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.