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By refurbishing an existing 1970s three-storey concrete building and adding a mass timber structure, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School is now enclosed in a high-performance envelope with light, airy interiors. The process transformed the run-down former training centre—a typical institutional example of brutalist concrete monolith of its time—into the first educational facility with engineered timber in Australia for 420 elementary students. The design is a realisation of the school’s vision of creating “beautiful, functional and agile spaces conducive to independent learning that engages and enthuses,” shared Cathy Young, the school’s principal. Importantly, it has also created an educational space that elevates well-being.


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