Our design approach to Educational spaces is centered on creating flexible, adaptive learning environments. The spaces effectively cater for multiple group sizes concurrently and actively support non hierarchical content delivery and tuition. The rooms designed to to accommodate multiple modes of tuition & learning.
School Identity is fostered by culture and ethos, but is directly expressed in a tangible manner through the built form. It is our belief that schools should promote an identity as expressed through its Architecture that breaks down the notion of the “institution” Modern educational Architecture should be Dynamic, responsive, flexible and adaptive.
It is our belief that consideration of pragmatics, function and budget are critical, however it is when these are coupled with the active and effective expression of the Schools identity that marks real success in fulfilling the brief.
Its is now acknowledged that every individual learns differently and responds to different modes of learning. The challenge for the modern educational Architect is to design spaces to accommodate this.
3iD Architecture have extensive experience in converting, refurbishing and re-purposing Educational buildings to suit modern Educational pedagogies.
Our design process ensures careful consideration to integrate the internal and external environments. Successful educational Architecture needs actively respond and encourage active lifestyles, play & socialisation.
Educational Architecture should embody and express the Schools core philosophy and culture, whist being flexible, dynamic and bold.
Effective Architecture to assist with Developmental delay
The core concepts are having a strong influence on behavioural outcomes as promoted through Educational Architecture include:
Transition Zones and Sensory Zoning
Reducing noise and echo in educational spaces can help increase attention spans and behavioural temperament. Environmental acoustics to be varied depending on the amount of concentration require for the task/activity. Low reverberation, High absorptive materials, non planar walls/ ceilings not only provide color and texture but provide better environments for learning.
Providing routine and predictability by logically sequencing spaces giving students a sense of security. Spaces are planned to provide logical transitions between activities and to promote a sense of routine a predictability. A key example of this is controlling entry and exit points to a space, managed through the use of transition spaces.
The benefit of Withdrawal space has been acknowledged as part of the Educational Architecture for over 25 years. Providing a space to escape from the over stimulation of the surrounding environment is a central concept to enable children to balance themselves and undertake activities requiring reflection, focus or attention and to self moderate behavioural anxieties.
Organising the spaces/buildings into compartments with a defined function and sensory quality allows children the means distinguish and chose environments best suited to the mode of inquiry being undertaken. This can be achieved through colour form. Lighting, volume and furniture selection.
Transition Zones and Sensory Zoning
Indicating a change in environment to help students transition from different level of stimulation assists in the altering behavioural outcomes. A typical example of this is the use of an airlock, intermediate space between external High sensory stimulated spaces and internal low stimulus spaces. This approach reduces interruption and distraction with the modern format classroom learning spaces. Many Educational researchers believe that Zoning spaces according to their level of activity/stimulus is a better model for spatial planning as opposed to pure function, with transitional spaces required to link these effectively.
Accessibility, visibility and a engendering a sense of “inclusiveness” are the keys to the successful Educational development.