Innovative learning environments in the primary education sector have grown nationally and globally. These learning environments can range from re-purposed traditional classrooms to architecturally designed spaces. Flexible learning styles are centered around providing students with independent learning opportunities as well as collaboration with teaching practice that can be anything from directed or front of the class to one-on-ones or team-teaching and roaming.
Students and Teachers really enjoy these types of learning environments but have been looking for ways to create flexible spaces within spaces and keep speech intelligibility at acceptable levels. Students love to create their own safe space for learning independently and with their peers. Teachers like to be able to accommodate student autonomy and learning styles while maintaining visibility in their classrooms.
The Spacemakers project was a journey of discovery alongside students and teachers in New Zealand and Australia. The design helps students to create small and large spaces for learning in their own way and the multipurpose design can be used as a standing partition which easily slides around other furniture, or as a cushion on the floor. The soft curves assist visibility around the product for teachers to feel comfortable that their students are working positively.
Nature and abstracted geometry inform the overall design and we developed a colour palette which complements to create a sense of balance. The materiality of the product softens sound with a textile offering that includes a sustainable wool option for schools and specifiers.