Melbourne's first 'vertical school' opens tomorrow in a 10-storey former office block

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Australian’s love for high-rise apartments knows no bounds.

The next step in the high-rise building obsession is the educational institution of the future — a “vertical school”.

Victorian private school Haileybury’s City campus will open tomorrow in Melbourne in an old 10-storey office block.

Haileybury already has three other campuses in Melbourne and one in China. The CBD ‘vertical’ campus can hold 800 students from ELC (Early Learning Centre/Kindergarten) to Year 12.

Here’s a closer look.

The school fills 13,000 square metres of floor space opposite Melbourne’s oldest park, Flagstaff Gardens. It has 360-degree views of the city skyline.

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It still has room for kids to run around, with 1500 square metres of outdoor space on three terraces. There are sand pits, jungle gym equipment and a garden where students can grow their own produce.

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The arts department covers two floors, complete with a drama studio.

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One floor is a sports hall.

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The school boasts the science labs are university standard.

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Drop off and pick up is a bit different — it’s in an underground basement. There is also bike storage so students and teachers can ride to school.

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