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Pinghe Bibliotheater: An ocean of knowledge for students

Pinghe Bibliotheater: An ocean of knowledge for students

Part library, part theatre, Pinghe Bibliotheater by OPEN Architecture presents an ocean of knowledge for students of Qingpu Pinghe International School in Shanghai, China.

A special place for learning, wellbeing and community

A special place for learning, wellbeing and community

Hayball has once again created a new paradigm in education design, encompassing the nuanced demands of the health sector in the Betty and John Laidlaw AO, Alfred Innovation and Education Hub.

Designing for inclusivity: Key learnings for designing alternative flexible education schools

Designing for inclusivity: Key learnings for designing alternative flexible education schools

Research by Gray Puksand found that a sensitive, community-focussed approach was key to ensuring alternative flexible education schools best support students, Mark Freeman reports.

How masterful façades inspire us to engage with education precincts

How masterful façades inspire us to engage with education precincts

Architectural expression influences the way we engage with our education precincts. Lyons and John Wardle Architects marry design vision and innovative façade solutions to great effect.

Learning and growing in The Heritage School, Gurugram

Learning and growing in The Heritage School, Gurugram

The design of The Heritage School establishes a pathway to the future for students and teachers alike with an environment that supports and enhances education.

Grimshaw’s methodology for education urbanism

Grimshaw’s methodology for education urbanism

When education buildings are properly integrated into the urban fabric of cities, magic happens. Grimshaw puts the method around that magic.

Furnishing with perfection: A lesson from Villanova College

Furnishing with perfection: A lesson from Villanova College

Furniture is the crowning factor of a well planned and architecturally designed project. When Villanova Boy’s School was completed, they looked to ARKI Environments to help them prioritise furniture aesthetics and spatial flexibility in line with the building’s architectural design intent.

Generation Alpha demands we make “audacious change”

Generation Alpha demands we make “audacious change”

Warren & Mahoney principal, Simon Topliss, outlines the architectural strategies required to educate the generation that understands they need to ‘be the change’.

With_Architecture Studio ushers Hayman Theatre into new era

With_Architecture Studio ushers Hayman Theatre into new era

Originally designed in 1968 by Perth public architect, Vin Davies, The Hayman Theatre at Curtain University is a brutalist beauty, revitalised by With_Architecture.

Geelong College Junior School designed as a miniature town

Geelong College Junior School designed as a miniature town

John Wardle Architects creates a constructive learning environment to cater for pedagogical advancements at Geelong College Junior School.

7 projects that use colour to enhance learning

7 projects that use colour to enhance learning

From the Dulux Colour Awards 2021 finalists, these 7 projects each delivers a lesson in how colour can enhance learning environments – for all ages.

9 fresh takes on Education and Urbanism in Indesign #84

9 fresh takes on Education and Urbanism in Indesign #84

Our latest issue looks beyond the classroom as simply an environment for teacher and student, to consider the relationship between education and urbanism.

This inspiring school building design puts lessons into place

This inspiring school building design puts lessons into place

m3architecture sprinkles ‘teachable moments’ throughout the architecture of Brisbane Girls Grammar School’s new Science Learning Centre.

“It’s about people and place” – education design in 2021

“It’s about people and place” – education design in 2021

How can we design our schools to better support our people and enrich our sense of community? Indesign Editor, Alice Blackwood, talks education and urbanism in 2021.

Is Queensland the education design capital of Australia?

Is Queensland the education design capital of Australia?

The AIA’s 2021 Queensland Architecture Awards winners demonstrate strong investment and innovation in educational design throughout the state.

Cultivating curiosity through clever design

Cultivating curiosity through clever design

In Fujian, China, POAN Educational Institute belies its own humdrum name and cultivates active early learning, thanks to a clever design by CUN PANDA.

Out with the Old School, in with the Play School

Out with the Old School, in with the Play School

Education as we know it is on the brink of revolution, and playtime will prevail. SolBe Learning Centre in Boston, Massachusetts, designed by Supernormal, presents a blueprint for design in the New School Order.

The Nest: lifelong learning starts here

The Nest: lifelong learning starts here

Purposefully fluid to provide for different learning environments, Davenport Campbell’s early learning centre is conceptually focused on nurturing a holistic family experience.

Reinventing The Campus

Reinventing The Campus

Added value from great design takes on new meaning at UTS Central, making the campus once again an essential daily experience.

Creating Spaces Where People Thrive

Creating Spaces Where People Thrive

As an industry leader for creating adaptable spaces in the education (and commercial) sectors, Lotus products are designed to meet the changing needs of school designs. They are the perfect solution to deliver a flexible, modern and innovative learning environment.

Make way for the alphas: Early learning spaces for digital natives

Make way for the alphas: Early learning spaces for digital natives

The ‘alpha generation’ has never known a world without smartphones. How do we design early learning environments to nurture these digital natives on their own, new-age terms?

Good design, healthy spaces, high performance coatings

Good design, healthy spaces, high performance coatings

Wattyl worked on the Charles Perkins Centre at Sydney University to use its revolutionary building materials to support, enhance and elevate the research centre’s approach to improving global health.

Community and a sense of belonging at William Ruthven Secondary School

Community and a sense of belonging at William Ruthven Secondary School

Gone are the days of hierarchical boundaries in the learning space. Kneeler Design Architects has prepared students for success with a collaborative, inspiring and engaging environment.

Indesign In Focus: A list for learning

Indesign In Focus: A list for learning

Modern education is changing, so too are the spaces where learning takes place. We look at some of the products that are helping to reshape this new learning landscape.

Navigating practice: Branch Studio Architects

Navigating practice: Branch Studio Architects

In just seven years, Branch Studio Architects has established a strong and resonant design ethos that has captured the loyalty of education and residential clients alike. But running a practice demands agility and foresight, as Branch has discovered first-hand.

Colourful brise-soleil: Henning Larsen’s French International School of Hong Kong

Colourful brise-soleil: Henning Larsen’s French International School of Hong Kong

Rather than relegating learning to only classrooms, Henning Larsen’s Hong Kong studio has designed the entire French International School of Hong Kong as a playground for exploration, education and eco-friendliness.

Cornering the market: Xoko by Akaba

Cornering the market: Xoko by Akaba

What’s in a corner? The new Xoko range designed by Iratzoki Lizaso for Akaba uses a unique corner shape to great effect, making for flexible, practical commercial applications.

Innovation in education at Penrith Public School

Innovation in education at Penrith Public School

Students at the newly-upgraded Penrith Public School, Sydney now have the opportunity to be part of a multitude of innovative learning environments.

A new era of education at Longyuan School

A new era of education at Longyuan School

Architects Zhubo Design-AAO and interior designers H Design were tasked with creating a campus-like school tailored to modern teaching methods in the heart of Shenzhen.

It has landed! <em>Indesign</em> #77 – The ‘Knowledge Economy’ issue

It has landed! Indesign #77 – The ‘Knowledge Economy’ issue

The latest issue of Indesign magazine is hitting the streets, and as our education special, #77 will look into the ‘knowledge economy’ and how today’s student-centred learning models have cannoned us into an era of non-traditional learning environments.

Colour pops make a creative learning space by Christopher Elliott Design

Colour pops make a creative learning space by Christopher Elliott Design

Christopher Elliott Design utilised a vibrant palette and playful feel to transform an ageing heritage building into a youthful environment.

Austaron education surface solutions

Austaron education surface solutions

When designing surface solutions for education facilities, safety needs to be paramount, but style can’t be forgotten either.

Designing safe surface solutions for the classroom

Designing safe surface solutions for the classroom

When designing surface solutions for education facilities, safety needs to be paramount, but style can’t be forgotten either.

18 Innovation Walk: From modernist to contemporary at Monash University

18 Innovation Walk: From modernist to contemporary at Monash University

A collaboration between Kosloff Architecture, Callum Morton and Monash Art Projects sees a modernist building reskinned with a contemporary façade.

Is the future of education design coming from the workplace?

Is the future of education design coming from the workplace?

In its design of Melbourne Uni’s new Faculty of Business Student Space, DesignInc has defined a new benchmark in education design, led by how we are starting to think about our workplaces – customisation.

Top education design for a smarter future

Top education design for a smarter future

Education design cannot be overlooked when we think about the future of our built environments. From architecturally inspired schools, to the break down of physical barriers to learning – the way we design our education facilities says a lot about what we care about in society.

Could you learn in this space?

Could you learn in this space?

While designers take up the tenets of biophilia for working and learning spaces, Gensler seeks out the zenith of minimalism in a futuristic light-sculpted convention hall. The intention is for optimum focus, free of distraction. Does the solution answer the challenge?

School is in session with Branch Studio Architects

School is in session with Branch Studio Architects

We speak to Brad Wray, director of Branch Studio Architects, about the positive and measurable effects of good design and architecture in secondary school environments.

Streets Ahead: RMIT’s New Academic Street

Streets Ahead: RMIT’s New Academic Street

How do our universities cater to education’s ‘new consumers’? That is 21st century students – new age info-natives who study, socialise and ‘hang’ in the spaces in-between home and the lecture theatre. RMIT’s New Academic Street is a radical re-make of a rapidly ageing campus, addressing changing student needs with a complex design scheme that puts the emphasis on technology and study.

A sunny disposition: LA High School

A sunny disposition: LA High School

It’s not often that we cover international projects on Indesign. This brand new high school in South Central Los Angeles, designed by Brooks + Scarpa, presents a colourful statement worth looking at.

The education hack: In convo with Fiona Young

The education hack: In convo with Fiona Young

As students assimilate to new look ‘ambient’ learning spaces, teachers are left in limbo. Have our system innovations hacked out the educators? Fiona Young of Hayball shares insights into the shifts in the education sector.

School design must adapt – but architects must too

School design must adapt – but architects must too

As digital disruption changes the classroom, schools must become centres of collaboration and co-creation. But if you think it’s as simple as smart building design, think again, says dwp’s education lead, David Clarke.

Investing in the arts: Auckland Diocesan School for Girls

Investing in the arts: Auckland Diocesan School for Girls

A new arts building at Auckland’s Diocesan School for Girls, which is wrapped up in a glimmering metal façade, showcases state-of-the-art technology and the value of investing in the arts.

Thinking outside the box: Frankston Primary School Early Learning Centre

Thinking outside the box: Frankston Primary School Early Learning Centre

Chaulk Studio has broken down the walls of traditional closed-off classrooms by creating interconnected and adaptable learning and play spaces for interaction and exploration.

Designing for designers: The School of Fine Furniture

Designing for designers: The School of Fine Furniture

Driving The University of Tasmania’s sustainable philosophy, Six Degrees has designed the first purpose-built facility for its School of Fine Furniture.

A Lesson in Empowering Play Through Self-determining Design

A Lesson in Empowering Play Through Self-determining Design

St Stephen’s Junior School upgrade by CODA (now COX Architecture) creates a new heart for the school where the children can take ownership of the space.

Can the Design of a Library Inspire Architectural Thinking?

Can the Design of a Library Inspire Architectural Thinking?

There is a lot that can be learnt from architecture books, but even more so from architecture itself. Quaine Library, designed by Branch Studio Architects, introduces students to architectural thinking, whether they know it or not.

Sydney School Of Entrepreneurship By MAKE Creative

Sydney School Of Entrepreneurship By MAKE Creative

MAKE Creative was given the exciting task of developing the new Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) located on the TAFE Ultimo campus. The SSE is a collaboration between 11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW for students interested in entrepreneurial thinking.

5 minutes with… Hayball’s Fiona Young

5 minutes with… Hayball’s Fiona Young

“I’m particularly interested in how pedagogy and learning space design can interact to create dynamic learning environments that engage students.” Hayball Studio Director Fiona Young is a tour de force in the Asia Pac design community.

The [UQLD] West Wing by BVN

The [UQLD] West Wing by BVN

Step inside BVN’s West Wing refurb for the TC Beirne School of Law and Walter Harrison Law Library within the University of Queensland’s famed Forgan Smith Building.

This Is University Housing, But Not As You Know It

This Is University Housing, But Not As You Know It

GroupGSA have instilled life and style into the architecture of Wollongong University’s new student accommodation.

University of Melbourne Arts West By ARM And Architectus

University of Melbourne Arts West By ARM And Architectus

What the hell is ‘salon learning’ and how is design responding to this new educational format? Arts West, Melbourne Uni’s riotous new Arts Faculty by ARM and Architectus, reimagines on-campus learning via a landmark building shaped, inside and out, by the philosophy of object based learning.

Get your head in the cloud: Western Sydney University by Woods Bagot

Get your head in the cloud: Western Sydney University by Woods Bagot

Integrated technology might be common in the workplace, but in education spaces it’s still a fairly new phenomenon. At Western Sydney University, Woods Bagot’s vertical campus design raises the bar in more ways than one.

What is “Salon Learning” and How are Designers Responding to this new Education Format?

What is “Salon Learning” and How are Designers Responding to this new Education Format?

Designed by ARM Architecture and Architectus, the University of Melbourne Arts West showcases object-based-learning in a cleverly playful, richly decorative, digitally integrated ‘cabinet of curiosities’.

Wayne Stephens on the award-winning Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences

Wayne Stephens on the award-winning Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences

In 2014, ClarkeHopkinsClarke won ‘Best Education Initiative or Design Solution for an Innovative Program’ for the Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences. We talk to education specialist and Partner in charge Wayne Stephens about the project.