CB Alexander College

Tocal, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

CB Alexander College was one of the earliest projects undertaken by the practice, and its design is historically regarded as the first large-scale exemplar of the so-called ‘Sydney School of the 1960s’. Designed as a specialist agricultural college for 160 students and staff on a fully-operational farm, the college is laid out as a U-shaped collection of buildings focused upon a chapel spire. The dormitory and teaching buildings are interconnected by colonnades crafted from heavy baulks of Brushbox, these timbers also being used for interior expressed structure and for custom-designed furniture.

The exception to the use of the species is the chapel spire where local tallow wood was employed for its strength, the central pillar comprising one trunk and enabling the spine to rise 30 metres high.

The college was the forerunner of numerous buildings designed by the practice through to the 1980’s which were inspired by the Australian rural vernacular of loose-fit buildings sited for a climatic benefit and for topographical integration, and inventive in their use of structure and natural materials.

CB Alexander Agricultural College
CB Alexander Agricultural College
CB Alexander Agricultural College
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National Enduring Architecture Award, AIA 2014

State Enduring Architecture Award, AIA NSW 2014

Sulman Award, RAIA NSW 1966

Blacket Award, RAIA NSW 1965

In association with
Ian McKay
Presbyterian Church of Australia
Project Status
Completed, 1964
Gross Floor Area