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Community & Civic, Education

Youth Community Centre

Community & Civic, Education

Youth Community Centre

Community & Civic, Education

Youth Community Centre

Education and Youth… our future

Traditional Custodians
Bunurong People

Pakenham, Victoria

Cardinia Shire Council

1,400 sqm

Under Construction

Project cost

The design for the My Place Youth Centre proposes a new inspiring vision for the Youth of Pakenham.

Designed under Trauma-Informed Design Principles at its heart, first and foremost this building needed to be friendly and welcoming.

A key feature of the design is the centralised social stair (and seating area), that links all 3 levels visually together to create a harmonious and safe series of spaces.

The ground level features a number of small meeting, consultation and educational spaces. An IT café and casual hang-out area complete the level. Staff resources are grouped in a team environment on level 1 together with a further series of flexible learning areas and adjacent specialised training room.


This project is a highly complex building for youth that represents our skills to tailor design requirements to very specific client requirements. Whilst offering a range of educational
spaces, each acoustically treated and flexibly arranged, specific spaces for consultation, meeting, gathering, and hang out create a building specifically geared to the younger generation to whom it serves.

The upper-level roof deck is activated as an activity space, complete with basketball hoop, bat courts, square courts, lounging areas, BBQ zone and even a golf putting green. This is the casual open knock about area that makes the building responsive to youth.

The design intent is to create a building that is a seamless part of its community; a building that the youth wish to interact with and be at, and in doing so promotes connection and well-being of the community.

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