Great to see Melbourne University's Learning Environments Spatial Lab University of Melbourne featured on the CEFPI website as one of the 2011 award winners. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a couple of days there last year and found it a fascinating space to learn and work in.
Converted from a past life as a gymnasium (look on the wooden panels behind the screens and you can still see lines), it’s now been transformed into a high-tech reconfigurable space used to research possibilities and relationships between space and pedagogy.
As it mentions on the architect’s website, “The Learning Environments Spatial Lab is intended to make problematic a host of matters relating to the design of classrooms, in order to challenge users of the space in regard to their own thinking about what a classroom can be.”
There are certainly more questions than answers out there regarding learning space design and it will be fascinating to follow the learning and research that comes out of the lab.