St. Stephen’s Primary School Upgrade


St Stephen’s Primary School in Duncraig describes itself as ‘a modern, forward thinking school, taking education to a new inspiring level’. The school campus is made up of a number of 90’s brick buildings that do not reflect the school’s current aspirational desire to implement a more progressive pedagogy.

CODA worked with the school to find ways to update it with minimal cost and no structural alterations. The project consists of two distinct key moves, the first of which was to relocate the library to an existing atrium space, allowing it to meander through a more dynamic environment. The old library was converted into an open plan ‘Year 5 hub’, better reflecting contemporary pedagogy.

The spaces are designed to be easily modified so that students can actively participate in their learning environment. Furniture and screens have been fabricated using identifiable, ready-made objects, re-purposed either from industrial uses or from outdoor environments. In the ‘meandering library’ these materials have been playfully used to define the space by distinct themes: Village Green, Town Square, the Street and the highly flexible Market.

The Primary School upgrade project  opened on February 5 2016, in time for the new school year, to the delight of teachers and children!

This project was shortlisted in the following prestigious awards:

2016 Interior Design Excellence Awards

2017 Australian Library Design Awards

2017 INDE Awards