Buildings and Facilities

Computer Centre 

Our new computer Centre was constructed in 2009 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the founding of The Essington International School Darwin. The building features separate modern computer laboratories for Junior School and Middle School classes, and four separate studios with virtual radio broadcasting facilities for the Middle School’s Multi / Radio Broadcasting classes.


Friday night 10th June, 2010, the NT Architecture Awards were presented at an Awards Dinner at the Darwin Convention Centre. The Awards were sponsored by the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Essington International School Darwin’s new Computer Centre won two Awards: the People’s Choice Award and Architecture Award for Public Architecture. The building was built in 2009 and completed at the end of the year. It was built to celebrate the School’s 20th Anniversary as a school and is fully funded by the school.

The School’s architects were Mode Design Corporation with Max Weston as Design Architect.

In his President’s Address at the Awards Dinner, the President of the NT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, Richard Layton, made the following comment on the building: attention was drawn to the school IT building entry – a building that excites with its form, colours and materials. ….isn’t it wonderful to know that kids studying in that building will see that walls do not have to be straight up and down, that windows don’t have to be rectangular, that building materials do not have to be dull and that colours can be vibrant and challenging

The Awards Jury, John Mainwaring, Susan Dugdale and Stacey Henderson, were also very positive about the external and internal design features of the building.

The Awards Jury Chair, John Mainwaring, also commented on how creatively the School was reusing older buildings and harmonising them with new buildings while giving them a fresh feel.


The Awards booklet made the following comment about the People’s Choice Award:

In the weeks leading up to the 2010 Northern Territory Chapter Architecture Awards Presentation Evening, entries are displayed and members of the public are invited to cast a vote for the project they consider to be the most worthy of recognition.

Assessment is made from A1 display boards, the visual presentation of the projects provided by entrants. This year, two public displays were held at the Casuarina Square Shopping Centre and the Smith Street Mall.

The Essington International School Darwin’s Computer Centre was selected from ten final entries in the NT Architecture Awards. These included Charles Darwin University’s new Chancellery Building, Skycity Expansion, Senior Boarding Residences at Kormilda College, TIO Alice Springs, Central Land Council Alice Springs, and the Desert Peoples Centre.


In the Awards booklet, the following commentary was provided on the Computer Centre, the winning Award for 2010:

“The Essington School Computer Centre is designed to celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary. This design showcases the schools growth from a small community school to one of Darwin’s leading education providers.

This dynamic, bubbly statement from the street, expresses the schools vision for its students, and highlighting the adoption of new teaching strategies to utilise state of the art technology.

The architect has designed a playful structure that incorporates eye catching colourful cladding, inset with carefully placed portholes. The portholes provide a light hearted treatment to the steel exterior, and a delightful framing of views, particularly the playground, which reinforces a sense of fun.

This sense of play continues through interior emphasised by the portholes and graphic design elements using circles. The interior space is a flex space, which can be utilised at the discretion of the teacher and students. It incorporates two discrete classrooms, each with two studio rooms to allow for group work.

The building is designed to be enjoyed by the students and provide a fun and stimulating learning environment. The student’s response to the building and desire to work within the centre is a testament to the building.

The design approach undertaken by the architect has resulted in a fun modern building that integrates with the school’s 50s and 60s heritage, which is undergoing dynamic and skilful evolution”.

The Essington International School Darwin thanks for their work on this significant 20th Anniversary building for the school: the architects Mode Design (in particular Max Weston), the builders Stizlers Pty Ltd (in particular Michael Sitzler, Doug Perry and Jeff Harvey), and project managers, Davis Langdon (in particular Don Hill).