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International Grammar School

This coeducational, non–denominational day school follows a bilingual approach to education, introducing students to a second language in preschool and continuing this through high school. The school facilities are housed in an adaptively re-used warehouse and a purpose-built school building, forming a u-shaped courtyard. The solution addresses the problem of building a multi–level school on a relatively small site in the inner city.

The design of the building is colourful and deliberately diverse and reads clearly as a contemporary layer in the urban context. A ceramic entry mural by Lloyd Kellerman responds to the remnants of painted signs on the retained wool-store building. The design aims to give physical expression to the school’s educational and social objectives and to the vibrant and enthusiastic spirit of which it is proud.

Roof Top Playground
Ceramic Mural by Lloyd Kellerman
Sports Hall


Gadigal Country, Ultimo, Sydney, Australia


International Grammar School


1998 NAWIC Merit Awards – Design and Construction