The Awards ceremony in Sydney was the culmination of LEA’s 18th annual conference on innovative learning spaces.
Entrants for these awards come from across Australia and Asia, and are judged on how innovative the design is for bringing together the learning space and pedagogy.
The space was developed from an empty concrete shell into a polyvalent learning place for Year 9 Project-Based Education.
The Flexible Learning Space project defied the norm and the budget by providing a fluid environment that fully supports 21st century learning and innovative, engaging education.
Designed by No.42 Architects, the Victoire Flexible Learning Centre was commended in the category for Renovation/Modernisation under $2 million.
The judges noted: ‘‘This project shows outstanding value for money and is to be commended for the exciting design outcomes created within a limited budget.
‘‘The highly collaborative planning process that very effectively gained the ‘student voice’ during the design phase was noted, as was the student responses and affirmations to the building’s uses once occupied.’’
‘‘The awards showcase architects and educators working together to produce excellent educational facilities,’’ Learning Environments Australasia chair Deb O’Riley said.
‘‘The eyes of the world have turned to Australasia for best practice in design that supports teaching and encourages learning.’’
LEA is the peak body advocating for quality and innovation in learning environments to enhance student outcomes.
Its membership includes more than 800 educators, architects, designers, planners and policy makers.
●All winners and commendations can be viewed via a4le.org.au