The next generation of home buyers are already taking an active role in the property industry at Brisbane State High School, designing apartments in West Village as part of a Year 9 assignment. The students are hopeful as one of their designs could be included in the $800 million project at West End.

Located just a kilometre from the Brisbane CBD, on the boundary of South Brisbane and West End, West Village will be a unique residential, retail, recreational and commercial precinct.

The Year 9 students, under the direction of Built Environment, Aeronautical Science and Technology (BEAST) teacher Emily Packer, spent three months working on the designs after receiving a project brief in March from West Village Development Manager Harrison Phillips and Sustainability Manager Natasha Mulcahy.

The partnership has been so successful that West Village is sponsoring a free Architecture Masterclass for high school students, to be held on August 21 at Brisbane State High School with a theme of ‘Homes and the Future’.

Packer said this was the first time a developer had worked in partnership with Brisbane State High School’s BEAST program and the results had been outstanding.

“Because the students have been working with the architects of West Village, their designs are very realistic,” Packer said.

“The brief for the apartment designs included views to the city, storage and sustainability,” Packer said. “The students carried out thorough research, including building materials, and created realistic renders.”

“I’m really pleased with the outcome. A lot of these kids have the potential to be incredible architects and developers.”

Tickets for the masterclass are free and open to all high-school students, but places are limited and tickets must be booked here. For those interested in the West Village Development, the West Village Vision Centre is open Thursday to Sunday at 93 Boundary Street or via appointment for visits. More information can also be found at their website here  or through Facebook.

Words by Shannon Coward