Building the Physical Body of Chrysalis School


When people first visit Chrysalis School they are often struck by the physical beauty of the school grounds and its buildings. They see beautifully crafted buildings, each separate in character, yet part of a unified whole. As one gets to know the school a little better, they may notice that each level is built from different raw materials. If they look a little deeper again they will see that the shapes of each building are distinct and separate. But not many may know the underlying design of the whole campus and the sacred geometry that it touches. In the original design Classes 6 & 7 (the present Kitchen and Music Lab/Class 9/Science room) spill off the hill in a gesture of giving, for in these years the demands on the child to create from themselves and give to the world are much more intense. Class 7 is almost underground, signifying the imminent trials and weight of the pubescent child – but this building looks back to the kindergarten, reminding the burdening soul of its origins – from whence it came. It is sometimes said that the shape of the roof was also intended to echo the Bellinger River turtle, an appropriate analogy for the pubescent child as well, as they withdraw their tender soul into the hard shell of adolescence for protection.

The geometric progression:
• Kindy – Spiral;
• Class 1, 2, 3 – Circular;
• Class 4, 5 & Library – Lemniscate
(∞ shape).
• Class 6, 7- elliptical (closed curve)
straddling the hyperbolic middle
of the ridge.