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St John XXIII Catholic College

With their original library looking tired and dated, St John XXIII Catholic College knew it was time for an update – but not just a coat of paint and some new chairs. Looking to apply contemporary library design strategies, the school wanted to inspire a love of learning with a state of the art, forward thinking space that will capture the attention of students for generations to come.

Taking inspiration from nature, the space features ‘trees that teach’ and natural materials that encourage students to pick up a book and climb into a new adventure.

Working closely with the client and Leaf Architecture, we ensured that each and every piece of furniture used in the refurbishment was right for the task – from the custom solid timber student tables and grass ottomans to furniture pieces that allowed students and staff to quickly transform a space to suit their needs.


St John XXIII Catholic College

Project Scope:

Furniture, Joinery

Student Level:

Primary, Secondary


Leaf Architecture


Secure Building Solutions



As a K-12 school, it was important that the new space worked for a wide variety of needs – and thus the space was broken into various zones, allowing space for collaboration, socialisation, group work, quiet study sessions and more. From kindergarten kids diving into their favourite picture book to year 12 students preparing for their exams, the new space is loved by all and maximises opportunities for learning.

The end result is a modern space that truly reflects the needs of K-12 school, providing a space for students to grow and thrive – and the impact of this new space is already evident with student outcomes rising substantially as the result of the refurbishment.

Team Involved

Ben Rowland

Glenn Thorncroft