7 News Sydney featured a story about Lindfield Learning Village on 2 October 2018. Designed by DesignInc in collaboration with Lacoste+Stevenson and BMC2, the unique environment makes use of the old UTS Kuring-gai Campus to deliver a new model of public education.
As Nina Stevens reported, Lindfield Learning Village encourages specialisation from an early age and has been received with enthusiastic interest and support from parents. Stage one will open in early 2019 with 350 enrolled students and more than 1000 on the waiting list. All stages will be complete by 2021, catering for 2000 students from kindergarten to year 12. There is no set curriculum that is age based and students progress by stage of their learning ability, with a style of education that focuses on strengths.
The layout of the school reflects this innovative teaching model. Rather than traditional classrooms, there are ‘waterhole’ spaces for big groups; ‘campfire’ spaces for small groups; and ‘caves’ for individual work. Existing workshops, studios, labs, a theatre and sports hall are being upgraded and used for science, engineering, hospitality, visual and performing arts, music and film.
“Our approach to the building adaptation is humble, humanistic and responsive to the needs of its diverse groups of end users: from toddlers to matriculating students, teachers and the community at large,” says DesignInc Managing Director Sandeep Amin.