Albert Park College

Founding Principal Steve Cook approached Meme to re-imagine the interiors of a long closed struggling public secondary school in a prestigious location.

Founding Principal Steve Cook approached Meme to re-imagine the interiors of a long closed struggling public secondary school in a prestigious location.

The brief for this project was to transform an outdated institutional interior into a vibrant and dynamic learning environment. In addition to this, Meme took a holistic approach to the school’s brand collaborating with Studio Round for the identity, Work Art Life for wayfinding signage and MAP Furniture and Egans Auctions for furniture to build a contemporary public school model.

With Cook’s trust and vision, the space was officially de-institutionalised as standard joinery details and jarring colour selections were replaced with warm colours, textures and materials, including re-purposed furniture that added character to an interior encouraging social connections.

Meme’s approach to creating a cohesive conversation between the interior, brand, materials, furniture and people all work to build a strong sense of place, which was integral in anchoring this public school’s identity in a suburb where private schools prevail.

“The overall experience is decidedly ‘unschool’ and may represent a viable new way forward for state educational institutions. In a sector where attracting high enrolments is vital to securing greater funding, boutique design refinement is proving to be not only aesthetically stimulating but financially beneficial.”—broadsheet.com.au

Albert Park College was shortlisted in Best Institutional category for the 2011 IDEA Design Excellence Awards.

Completed whilst director at Meme.