Organisation and separation of the departments and facilities is as follows. Level one comprises a 254-seat tiered lecture hall, four Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) workshops and computer laboratory; level two has six science labs and a centralised staff area. Six new art studios, with storage areas, are on levels three and four. Level three also has a cafeteria that opens out to a rooftop courtyard. This level also connects to the adjacent Centenary Sports Hall.
"Served by long skylights, the circulation corridor floods light into the expansive level one and two floorplates and extends the school's established pedestrian spine, connecting the eastern St Peter's Precinct through to the heart of the SCEGGS campus," says Denton.
The Joan Freeman Science Art and Technology Centre both acts as a new figurehead for the school and at the same time responds sympathetically to its neighbours, both on campus and off.
The principle building massing is to the eastern, St Peter's Street side of the block, which is an internal part of the campus. Angled blade frames stand proud of the facade on this, the main entry side of the centre, creating architectural interest and directing views. Timber inserts bring contrasting warmth to the concrete frames, while the glazed entry to the spine corridor adds further prominence.
As well as creating an appropriate visual focus, the building also fits with its surroundings. The brick-faced facade here connects with the brick facade of the adjacent Wilkinson House, for example. To the north, where the building looks over private residences, it has been stepped back by 10m reducing the effects of overshadowing and increasing privacy.