Hillarys: St Mark’s Anglican Community School harnessing daylight thanks to Solatube

Chris Oakley (Oakley Architects), Brett Rice (General Manager Solatube), and Susie Edwards (Deputy Head of Senior School). Photo: Martin Kennealey
Chris Oakley (Oakley Architects), Brett Rice (General Manager Solatube), and Susie Edwards (Deputy Head of Senior School). Photo: Martin Kennealey

A HILLARYS school is harnessing the benefits of natural light.

Australian company Solatube recently installed a daylighting system at St Mark’s Anglican Community School’s Alan Cadby Senior Academic Centre for students in years 9 to 12.

The system utilises advanced optics to significantly improve the way sunlight is harnessed and diffused within commercial and residential interior spaces.

Academic centre architect Chris Oakley said his brief called for natural daylight to be prominent throughout the three-level, 22-classroom building.

“We were quite restricted in terms of the amount of windows around the perimeter of the building,” he said.

“The use of Solatubes allowed us to bring natural light into what is a deep plan building.

“This meant people within the central core of the building could still enjoy the benefits of natural light with minimal loss of colour rendition, which is so important for teaching spaces.”