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La Trobe International College | by Adam Dimech
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La Trobe International College

Classrooms at the former La Trobe High School in the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg West, Victoria, Australia. The building now serves as the La Trobe University International College.

 

This school is an example of the "Light Timber Construction" (LTC) design developed in the 1950's by the Public Works Department in Victoria. As the State Government struggled to build enough schools following WW2, the uniform nature of the LTC design meant that hundreds of schools of almost uniform design could be built in a cost-effective and speedy manner.

 

Forty years later and many of these buildings are falling apart, having far exceeded their intended lifespan. As the government embarks on a massive programme to either rebuild or substantially refurbish most school buildings, I have taken the opportunity to take a series of photographs of LTC school architecture, whilst such examples remain.

 

Shot on Kodak Portra 400VC colour negative film.

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Taken on January 5, 2011