Library & Innovation Centre, Abbotsleigh Junior School

Designed to delight and inspire young minds, with rippling circular forms to show that learning is not linear.

Creating the 1,140 m² centre involved modifying an existing 1950s building and inserting a new glass ovoid building that beautifully punctuates the more conventional campus buildings, and affords staff a 360-degree view of the children at all times.  

The library and new external staircase link previously disconnected areas, forming a cohesive central hub of the campus with indoor/outdoor learning spaces around the ovoid glass building

Interiors of the tech-enabled library use organic circular forms drawn from nature with a maze of curved bookcases, an immersion for wide-screen viewing, glow-worm ‘caves’ for quiet reading and spiral-patterned ceilings referencing ripples in a pond. 

Uniting the old and new buildings is an undulating canopy of glass-reinforced concrete that signals the library entrance and shelters an outdoor play area. 

Project Facts


Darramuragal and Dharug, Wahroonga, NSW


Abbotsleigh School


Architecture, Interior Design




Ben Gutherie


2023, WAF Awards, School, Shortlisted

2023, Inside Awards, Education, Shortlisted

2023, LEA Awards, Excellence in Educational Facility Design, Commendation, Category 5 - Modernisation - Large

Key Contacts

Michael Heenan
Director, CEO View profile

Dua Green
Director View profile