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Siren Design finds its “perfect match” in IDP Education

Siren Design finds its “perfect match” in IDP Education

When IDP Education brought Siren on board to design their new corporate office in Melbourne, they knew it would be a good match. The significant accolade they’ve already received shows they made the right choice.

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.

Queensland’s outback architecture calls for a roadtrip

Queensland’s outback architecture calls for a roadtrip

A series of tourist attractions in outback Queensland has become an unlikely architectural trail that’s seen 3 remote towns become hot design destinations.

Indesign luminaries: looking back at the Lyon legacy

Indesign luminaries: looking back at the Lyon legacy

Architecture is more than just a practise, it’s a vocation, for brothers and business partners, Corbett and Carey Lyon.

Unveiling USYD’s new state-of-the-art health facility

Unveiling USYD’s new state-of-the-art health facility

Billard Leece Partnership and Diller Scofidio + Renfro have unveiled the fruits of their international design collaboration — the Susan Wakil Health Building at University of Sydney.

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.

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?

Dramatic Statement: John Wardle Architects’ Caulfield Library, Monash university

Dramatic Statement: John Wardle Architects’ Caulfield Library, Monash university

A Brutalist 1970s library building provides the bones for a Renaissance-like redevelopment at Monash University’s Caulfield campus. The outcome is a dynamic hub that serves a complexity of 21st-century needs. “It was about opening the library up to the central village green of the campus and bringing light into the building,” says John Wardle Architects’ Jasmin Williamson.

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.

Rising expectations: The rise of vertical schools

Rising expectations: The rise of vertical schools

Vertical education. It’s a fact, but is it also a fad? Paul McGillick looks at how education is reaching for the skies.

Design for play: Bundoora Childcare Centre

Design for play: Bundoora Childcare Centre

Designed by Gardiner Architects, the Bundoora Childcare Centre is a striking example of design that lays emphasis on a child’s experience of built space.

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.

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.

The mind-craft microcosm: Incubator spaces upclose

The mind-craft microcosm: Incubator spaces upclose

Where do great ideas come from? Tertiary institutions are adopting the ‘ideas incubator’ model to empower students into an entrepreneurial mindset and facilitate a dynamic cross-pollination of ideas.

Putting innovation centre stage: IQX @ UWA

Putting innovation centre stage: IQX @ UWA

Taking the opportunity to create a space to foster innovation for recent graduates, while connecting the university and industry, IQX @UWA is a new kind of working co-share typology.

A truly blurred typology: St Michael’s Grammar

A truly blurred typology: St Michael’s Grammar

Pushing the ever-blurring boundaries of typologies, this educational-cum-workplace project by Christopher Elliott Design exudes a decidedly residential vibe.

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.

Bringing the local back to a library: Cobram Library by CohenLeigh Architects

Bringing the local back to a library: Cobram Library by CohenLeigh Architects

Traditionally libraries have been a civic heart, a place that welcomes people of all backgrounds. For Cobram Library and Learning Centre, CohenLeigh set about bringing community back.

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.

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.

Can a building revitalise a city?

Can a building revitalise a city?

The recently completed University of Newcastle campus, designed by Lyons in collaboration with EJE Architecture, brings a new perspective into the heart of a rapidly transforming town.

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.

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.

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.