Jury feedback summary
The winning proposal highlights a quote by Luis Barragan, “A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.” The corresponding design consists of a simple horseshoe-shaped addition that creates an outdoor room to mediate between the existing school structure and the new building. According to the jury, “The proposal creates a beautiful precinct with appropriate deferential qualities to the landmark building. The spatial sequence here is particularly successful, as the new structure is revealed after experiencing the historic one. The incorporation and celebration of the exterior spaces is commendable. The new low-rise construction is respectful of the original building.” There were also criticisms of the proposal’s lack of focus on infrastructure for the site’s horses, and of the size and scope – with its expansive glazed walls – that may be too ambitious for the intended project.