COLA Australia St Infants School

Commendation – NSW Architecture Awards, Small Project Category 2010

The Covered Outdoor Learning Area (COLA) is the result of the Australian Federal Government’s National School Pride initiative that provided Australia Street Infants School with a grant of $75,000 on the 6th April 2009. Bernard Cheng (School Principal) proposed to the Australia Street Infants School Community Organisation (ASSCO) that a covered outdoor learning area be developed in response to the funding.

The design consists of 3 folded planes that simultaneously negotiate the scale of the laneway, the existing brick pavilion and the playground. Sitting over existing playground works, the elegant steel structure is lined with plywood with expressed joints.


Matt Chan


Australia Street Infants School


Newtown, Sydney, Australia


Charles Blumer, SDA Structures , Mark Churcher , John Jones , Chris Field , Bernard Cheng


Brett Boardman


Completed 2012