Adelaide High School Hive Building

Adelaide High School is a significant site in terms of the history of our state education, it’s location within the Park Lands and State Heritage listing. The original buildings were designed in 1940 and built in 1951, recognised nationally as significant modernist architecture. The challenge for the school has been to provide contemporary learning within this historic environment. JPE Design Studio designed the first major redevelopment for the school back in 2015. The Charles Todd building sits comfortably along the southern edge of the campus, integrated as a key part of the radial design.

The opportunity today is for a new central hub building that will form not only a social destination for students but it will also offer spaces that will encourage different ways that students can learn and interact with teachers. It will be the first building on the campus to engage with the Park Lands, inviting the landscape to become part of the student learning experience day-to-day. The Hive building does not seek to look the same as the historic brick buildings but to be a counterpoint to them, expressing a new future for the school where education design incorporates the ability to adapt, experiment and encourage independent learning. The new terraced student veranda and cafe adjacent the Park Lands will signify that this is no longer the back of the school. The building will be the new face to community life and will represent the school's entrepreneurial mindset and contemporary pedagogy.