Exploring Spaces – Lite

Last week I was fortunate enough to visit two Independent Schools in Sydney. Both schools have recently updated buildings and learning spaces (One their Junior School & the other their Infants Department). These were major developments involving renovation / refurbishment of existing buildings and also new building work. I was interested to see the way that these schools are embracing more versatile, functional learning environments. Both evolutions embraced the idea of a central, shared, open plan learning areas adjoining class spaces. Features such as folding glass walls, flexible furniture, collaborative spaces were common. Impressions were that spaces could be changed easily to accommodate any learning need. They were spaces that were fun and exciting to be in. Clearly the schools were seeking to meet changing pedagogical needs and the possibilities presented by mobile devices.

I haven’t identified the schools visited in this post. This is a lite post. The full version contains details and a full range of pictures, but is password protected. The pictures posted here have been altered using “Paper Camera” for reasons of privacy, but hopefully provide an impression of these new spaces.

Above: In the foreground comfortable, circular collaborative seating – behind a wet area.

Above: Looking across a shared leaning space towards classroom spaces which are behind the row of cupboards.

Above: Looking across the shared learning area away from classrooms.

Above: Using useless space under stairwell to create a small performance or collaborative space in a shared area.

Above: This is a shared learning space. In the foreground comfortable, flat lounges – behind a glass collaborative booth. In the background glass folding walls leading to classroom pods.

Above: In this example we are looking from the shared learning space back into a classroom pod. The glass wall opens and there is also a folding wall at the back of the classroom which joins another classroom. The tables in classrooms can fold and wheel away.

This links to another post which looks at changing learning spaces.
A Different Direction – Thinking about learning spaces

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