multi-disciplinary practice wilson architects has recently completed the design of a learning hub for st andrew’s anglican college – a rapidly-growing school on the sunshine coast of australia. the complex incorporates primary and secondary school libraries, multiple collaborative teaching spaces, staff offices, professional development care, several student lounges and an expansive outdoor learning area.

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wilson architects learning hub exterior facade
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wilson architects’ design intent was to give the school a learning heart, and provide a highly-flexible space that could be used for a full spectrum of activity — from concerts and large gatherings, to small group meetings and quiet study sessions. internally, contemporary materials such as glass and metal are balanced with wood to add warmth and richness to the learning space. meanwhile, a covered outdoor gathering area supports large numbers of students in an open-air learning setting.

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contemporary architectural layout of the hub
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st andrew’s anglican college principal chris ivey says the learning hub has seamlessly integrated with the school, and students are taking full advantage of the learning opportunities it presents.“i have spent chunks of time each day in the hub, observing the way our students are using the facility, and it is wonderful to see them using it as if it has always been there,” chris says.

 

“it’s shifted the focus towards student-centred learning, as opposed to concentrating on teachers and their classrooms. the hub has given students a real sense of ownership of the space and their learning,” hamilton wilson — managing director of WA — says.

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overview of the new learning hub
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the facility supports the college’s transition to more collaborative teaching and learning, following trials undertaken prior to, and during the design phase. the new hub has also set up the strategy and sequence for future construction stages.

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the learning hub is a university-like facility
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‘the school has transformed from being very disparate, to extremely cohesive’
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the choice of material and lighting add warmth to the overall design
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collaborative and flexible spaces within the learning hub
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students start having a sense of ownership towards the shared spaces
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dramatic changes to the ‘centre of gravity’ of the school have been witnessed
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introducing a whole new community learning experience
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