Educational institution fitouts are evolving to meet the rapidly changing needs of students in a technological age.
Today’s adaptive learning spaces encourage optimum levels of engagement, participation, achievement and enjoyment in the students they serve.
These light-filled environments feature natural elements from the inside out, seamlessly incorporating technology to embrace shared and multi-functional learning.
Here are four tips for creating effective educational fitouts for the future.
1. Creating flexible learning spaces
Collaboration is key to contemporary learning. Flexible learning spaces are increasingly being used to create breakout areas where students can meet, work together and brainstorm. Smart design ensures these ‘pop-ups’ can be seamlessly created within classrooms, in corridors or even outside.
2. Incorporating nature into the classroom
Light, airy and natural environments facilitate learning. As a result, contemporary designers and planners are connecting classrooms with nature wherever possible. Indoors, this is reflected in biophilic designs which use natural materials like timber, earth-based textures and real plants to breathe life into artificial spaces. Outdoors, open-air classrooms make use of light and space to push back the walls – with the curriculum extending to vegetable gardens, water features and rainwater tanks.
3. Glass partitions let in the light
Light is key in modern classrooms. That’s why glass walls and partitions are joining windows in creating transparent spaces which connect students and teachers to the great outdoors. Glass partitions allow classroom spaces to be flexible, encouraging collaboration or quiet time!
4. Integrating technology into fitouts
Today’s fast-changing technology comes in many guises. Classrooms must reflect this agility by accommodating a range of multi-media learning tools and portable devices. Spaces must allow for both analogue and digital systems as well as different learning methods – individual, small breakaway groups and whole-room lectures.
Let Formula help you create flexible educational fitouts, allowing both students and teachers to learn, breathe and grow!