Lindfield Learning Village Wins MBA Award
We are thrilled to announce the Lindfield Learning Village (Stage 1) has won the Adaptive Re-use category in Master Builders Association of NSW (MBA) Excellence of Construction Awards 2019.
Lindfield Learning Village – a K-12 facility based on Sydney’s leafy north shore – heralds a new direction in public education. Underpinned by a project-based multidisciplinary model, students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning. They are encouraged to devise and explore a project under the guidance of a tutor, and to develop communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills.
This substantial departure from traditional education models necessitated a different approach to design and space planning. Lindfield Learning Village was designed in collaboration with Lacoste + Stevenson and BMC2 and delivered with Taylor. It features flexible spaces, communal areas, a wood workshop, food technology classroom, laboratories, landscaped terraces and a state-of-the art auditorium.
As a refit of a heritage-listed Brutalist building, one of the key challenges was meeting the needs of the new learning community while respecting and celebrating the significance of the original campus. ‘New’ upgrades and additions were differentiated from the ‘old’ elements through use of bright colours, geometric shapes and materials; these were constructed in a way that can be removed if need be.
The Lindfield Learning Village opened in January 2019 with its first intake of 350 students, and has been making waves in both education and architectural circles. A further 65 students will be welcomed in 2020, with the eventual student intake reaching 2000 students.
Congratulations to all involved in the design and delivery of the project.