Modular Designed Learning Spaces

NBRS+PARTNERS is at the forefront of designing modular learning spaces for ACT primary schools.

Andrew Duffin is leading a team of architects to rethink the way we provide sustainable, future-proofed learning spaces.Duffy Primary School Render

The pressure of growth for Duffy Primary School has led to the demand for the equivalent of 7 new learning spaces for the infants sector of the existing campus. The environmentally sustainable design focuses on open plan, shared learning spaces full of natural light, access to solar heat gain, and insulation to maximise temperature control within the Canberra environment.

Accurate detailed resolution of the componentry means that the speed of getting the modularised system onto site has cost benefit with minimal site disruption to an operating school campus. The fabrication of the spaces within a controlled environment ensures precision and the highest level of quality. The speed of the design, fabrication, and construction will result in the new infants section which is operational within 12 months.


NBRS+PARTNERS is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships our portfolio spanning public and private sectors exhibit an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS+PARTNERS global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise. Our design-minded, 50 strong team’s unique focus on creative partnerships helps to realise solutions, with extraordinary results.

One comment

  1. Tiffany

    I think it’s interesting that our contemporary preoccupation with modular design inherits a demand/call for increasing ‘flexibility’. The fear of a de-personalised/bland rhythm of architectural elements sees this translating not only into ESD considerations, but also in chances for aesthetic customisation. It’ll be interesting to see how this project responds to changing micro-climatic needs if it another unit is ordered unexpectedly/the structure is applied to other contexts.

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