Woodform is proud to have been involved in some incredible education sector projects over the last few years. When designing for a project in the education sector, architects have to consider the unique requirements to create an environment which is conducive to learning. The primary focus of design intent needs to consider aspects such as acoustics, spatial requirements unique to the sector and incorporating biophilic design principles.
Below are some education projects which create beautiful learning environments through outstanding architectural design.
University of Western Sydney
University of Western Sydney Campus' interior fitout is a demonstration of how best to utilise the acoustic properties of feature walls and ceilings.
Designed by Woods Bagot Sydney, acoustic performance was at the forefront of the design intent. Sound absorbing baffles hang from the ceiling, lessening reverberation of the inevitable sounds coming from students passing through. Concept Click battens in Spotted Gum on a feature wall behind the reception desk make the area feel taller while seamlessly matching the colour pallet of the design.
Architect - Woods Bagot Sydney | Photographer - Nicole England
Sir Louis Matheson Library
Sir Louis Matheson Library, located at Monash University Melbourne uses linear textures on the ceilings to visually extend a densely populated space.
Another fantastic education project designed by Cox Architecture, the Sir Louis Matheson Library refurbishment incorporates transparency between areas as a catalyst for student engagement. Aluminium Concept Click battens on the ceilings throughout to provide a uniform aesthetic between sections.
Architect - Cox Architecture | Photographer - Dianna Snape
Sir Zelman Cowan Centre for Science - Scotch College
The fantastic curved batten feature in the Scotch College Centre for Science is another example of how a feature ceiling in the education sector needs to incorporate exemplary acoustic performance.
Designed by a Cox Architecture team led by Andy Hayes, The Scotch College Centre for Science is the epitome of design in the Education sector. The large atrium allows natural light to flood through each floor while providing uniformity between levels. Custom curved Concept Click battens in White Oak give texture to the interior walls, connecting them visually, drawing the eyes up upon entry.
Architect - Cox Architecture | Photographer - John Gollings
University of Sydney Business School
Another project which uses linear textures to extend a space, this time incorporating timber, is University of Sydney Business School designed by Woods Bagot and Kann Finch. In a project boasting a multitude of features ranging from a bold facade screen to swooping stairwells, the ceiling of the University of Sydney Business school seems somewhat understated.
While not the flashiest aspect, the ceiling provides benefits which are of great value to an education sector project. In a building full of linear textures, the Concept Click ceiling uses battens in Blackbutt with varying sizes and spacing. The incredible straight lines expanding from one end of the building to the other visually extend the space beautifully. The use of timber helped the project reach a 5+ Green Star achievement, as well as implementing biophilic design principles into the project.
Architect - Woods Bagot / Kann Finch | Photographer - Trevor Mein
East Sydney Early Learning Centre
Winner of a World Architectural Festival Award in the schools' category, East Sydney Early Learning Centre represents the opposite end of the education spectrum from other projects we have listed but is no less impressive.
Designed by Andrew Burgess Architects, this project converts a four-story 1920's industrial building into a childcare and community centre worthy of all the accolades it receives. The playground across a small laneway is connected to the structure through the use of an ingenious 'treehouse bridge', which uses Concept Click battens in Spotted gum as railings. An extremely durable timber, Spotted Gum is the perfect choice for an application which is sure to experience a significant level of wear and tear.
Architect - Andrew Burgess Architects | Photographer - Peter Bennetts