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Harrison School Paint Scheme?

By belray - 18 January 2012 33

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Hi fellow rioters. 

Since I drive along Flemington Rd on a regular basis, I always notice the Harrison School’s paint scheme. 

I have to ask the question, who designed the paint scheme for some of the external panels?

I am no interior designer by any stretch of the imagination, but to my eye the colours don’t appear to match – some may say that the colours clash. 

Is it an “arty-crafty” designer paint scheme, that you need to be an interior designer to appreciate?

UPDATE: In the interested of clarity ThisIsAName has been out to undertake a photo essay of the site. He had this to say:

Here are some shots of the new Harrison school. It is still under construction and strewn with fences and warning signs – it isn’t possible to get an overall shot of the place (short of climbing a massive tree). I also noticed there are solid metal fences between the buildings which prevent access to the grounds.

It looks as though 3 architects have been called in for: there are different styles for the preschool, sports hall and the new section.

Here’s a slideshow of his work:

What’s Your opinion?


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Harrison School Paint Scheme?
ThisIsAName 10:46 am 19 Jan 12

Gungahlin Al said :

Indeed. I go past the school twice a day and have never found myself questioning the colours.
Splashes of colour add so much.

Not even the green, orange and purple bits sort of nearish the yellow & orange stuff? 🙂

I spotted at least 12 different colours, not including the occasional tinted window.

Gungahlin Al 4:44 pm 18 Jan 12

puggy said :

Gungahlin Al said :

…*some* of the apartments along Flemington Road.

I’ll say *some*. What’s the deal with the brown on brown new Ascot apartments on Flemington and Wells?! It’s either a little bit of Tatooine or Israeli settlements in Gungahlin, I can’t decide which.

Yes Puggy not pleased with those ones at all. Painting a rectangle of dark brown on the light brown background as a substitute for articulated frontages? Pathetic…

And the fact that every unit has tandem parking will make it all the more unattractive from from amenity perspective, plus add to the likelihood that resident cars will spill out onto surrounding streets, further affecting amenity for surrounding neighbours.

GCC lodged an objection to that one, and won some concessions, got internal communal open space included and unit numbers reduced. But the underlying low-bar design was beyond the realm of a development assessment. I believe in time the developer of that one will be personally embarrassed to see their development standing side by side with the substantially higher quality of the one immediately to the north. Chalkcheese.

For context, that design was done right when the GFC hit its height, and they weren’t the only ones who were unable to see more than two years into the future. The LDA were very keen to ensure a lowest-common-denominator option was allowed in the Flemington Rd corridor master plan ‘because otherwise the land wouldn’t sell’ given the GFC. Better to bank the land and wait two years then, we argued, than end up with a crappy product. They begged to differ…

puggy 3:34 pm 18 Jan 12

Gungahlin Al said :

…*some* of the apartments along Flemington Road.

I’ll say *some*. What’s the deal with the brown on brown new Ascot apartments on Flemington and Wells?! It’s either a little bit of Tatooine or Israeli settlements in Gungahlin, I can’t decide which.

Sammy 3:24 pm 18 Jan 12

Looks great. I drive past Chisholm high school all the time and various people, including interstate visitors, have remarked that it looks a *lot* like a prison. I’m all for bright & creative design for schools.

eh_steve 3:22 pm 18 Jan 12

“I am no interior designer by any stretch of the imagination,”

Given the location of the panels, are you saying you are an exterior designer?

Mysteryman 3:11 pm 18 Jan 12

I don’t mind the colours. I think they are appropriate for a school. I think the building design is a bit average, however.

ThisIsAName 3:00 pm 18 Jan 12

I think the scheme is too busy/garish, a clash from an excessive mix of several bright colours. To my eye, the school doesn’t have the right aesthetic with surrounding urban area. Garish colour mixes seem to be the fashion for new community buildings in the area though.

Some intermediate form between drab grey/brown and garish would be better. I’m a bit surprised the developer didn’t just hire a designer to make a simple scheme around some nice complementary colours. It’d help with overall attractiveness and the buildings wouldn’t date as quickly 🙂

Mang 2:27 pm 18 Jan 12

much less horrible than woden conberra college’s current colours…

Gungahlin Al 2:19 pm 18 Jan 12

qbngeek said :

Looks great. Looks like a fun place to be as opposed to brown brick buildings with no character which just make you indimidated and depressed.

I wish all school were repainted in this manner.

Indeed. I go past the school twice a day and have never found myself questioning the colours. I like a bit of life in my architecture. We have more than enough of gray, beige and coffee tones in Gungahlin like “old Canberra” has of red brick…

Harrison School, the gorgeous College and Library, *some* of the apartments along Flemington Road. Splashes of colour add so much.

marcothepolopony 2:11 pm 18 Jan 12

Think Taylor Primary School in Kambah, AKA as Legoland.
At least everyone knew where it was!
Brightly coloured buildings are appropriate for primary schools, I like it.

qbngeek 1:51 pm 18 Jan 12

Looks great. Looks like a fun place to be as opposed to brown brick buildings with no character which just make you indimidated and depressed.

I wish all school were repainted in this manner.

Keijidosha 1:20 pm 18 Jan 12

The bright colours seem appropriate for a school — moreso than the drab earth tones that most older Canberra schools are swathed in. Obviously not to everyone’s taste but I think it is nice to see playful and whimsical architecture used in context.

Bluey 1:12 pm 18 Jan 12

Its not terrible. Now. Give it ten years. Like the rest of Gungahlin.

Im sure the designers of Red Hill Primary thought it looked great when it was built. Theres plenty of examples of ‘modern’ design in Gungahlin that looks flash now but will date and just look crap in time. Fortunately the new college escaped relatively unscathed of the ‘modernist’ colour palette.

poetix 10:30 am 18 Jan 12

arb said :

Pics or it didn’t happen?

Or maybe at least a description of the colour scheme in question for those of us who don’t drive along Flemington Rd on a regular basis.

http://the-riotact.com/cold-snap-brings-the-double-rainbows/63436

Sunglasses are de rigueur.

arb 10:16 am 18 Jan 12

Pics or it didn’t happen?

Or maybe at least a description of the colour scheme in question for those of us who don’t drive along Flemington Rd on a regular basis.

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