The learning space of the future. The classroom for 21st century learning is sustainable, integrates with the landscape, connects with the school environment, and is suitable for prefabrication and mass customisation.
Based on a cellular arrangement of prefabricated interlocking modules, the concept was a completely flexible system for learning that always maintains a connection between students and nature. The ‘three axis’ geometry design allows interlocking of various configurations to adapt to changing class sizes, flexible learning clusters and future learning methods. The teacher, rather than being watched like a black box theatre performance, is in the centre of the clusters and moves around them.
The system acts as an adaptable system instead of a fixed hierarchy.
Sustainable design includes prefabrication, eco-materials, symmetrical repeatable geometry, and small lightweight easily transportable modular elements. The modular façade system is manually operable, flexible for light and shade, enclosed space or open space, bringing the outside in or the inside out. Mass customisation is low cost, low carbon, with off-site prefabrication allowing responsive assembly, and adapts to varied climates, unusual configurations and topographies.
The design received a ‘Jury Special Mention’ in the Australian Future Proofing School competition and was on display in 2011 at the Wunderlich Gallery, University of Melbourne. http://www.msdincubator.com/gallery/