Lindfield Learning Village

Based on an innovative educational model where learning is determined by ‘stage not age’, students at Lindfield Learning Village progress through the educational curriculum at their own pace. This revolutionary Schools Infrastructure NSW project, located at the heritage listed previous home to UTS Ku-ring-gai campus, allows each child to be individually nurtured by educators who mentor their progress from Kindergarten to Year 12. The primary focus is on developing their skills through tailored curriculum that is aligned with their natural, innate abilities.  Mentorship is also encouraged between older and younger students.

DesignInc worked in collaboration with Lacoste+Stevenson and BMC2 to evolve the spatial planning and organisation of the original campus design to respond to the new educational model and to establish a social environment that optimises the intrinsic qualities of the building. The original design for the building was based on a hilltop village concept with an internal ‘street’. The design team capitalised on this feature to weave multiple activities together, creating innovative education zones for learners of all ages while fostering the close collection of teachers and students as a social entity.

  • CLIENT

    NSW Department of Education

  • LOCATION

    Sydney, NSW

  • YEAR

    2018 - 2023

  • SCALE

    14,000 sqm

  • VALUE

    Undisclosed

  • PROJECT LEADERSHIP
    Sandeep Amin Jacqueline Urford
  • COLLABORATORS

    Lacoste+Stevenson, BMC2

There is something special about pinching a university premise and giving it to children. The model here builds on the most successful directions transforming education, making it better for students and teachers, for wellbeing and for results, too.

Professor Stephen Heppell, UK educational academic advisor

There is something special about pinching a university premise and giving it to children. The model here builds on the most successful directions transforming education, making it better for students and teachers, for wellbeing and for results, too.

Professor Stephen Heppell, UK educational academic advisor

With a sensitive approach to the building’s original character, new additions are easily identifiable through the use of distinctive geometries and materials that respond sympathetically to the brutalist concrete, exposed brick, and glass aesthetic of the original structure.

Creating an outdoor learning and playing environment in keeping with the innovative indoor learning environment while providing safety from the risk of bushfire was a key approach taken by landscape designers of DesignInc. Throughout the adaptive reuse and refurbishment, the new design prioritises connection with the new landscape surrounds while maximising the variety of flexible learning environments on offer.

 

 

We’re making a visual statement of the learning philosophy that this campus has embodied from the very beginning of its life: that is to respect the past, to recognise the present-day context and focus on future learning. To articulate this, all the new building elements are distinguished with a ‘folded’ geometry, like origami.

Sandeep Amin , Managing Director 111_sandeep-amin.jpg

We’re making a visual statement of the learning philosophy that this campus has embodied from the very beginning of its life: that is to respect the past, to recognise the present-day context and focus on future learning. To articulate this, all the new building elements are distinguished with a ‘folded’ geometry, like origami.

Sandeep Amin , Managing Director 111_sandeep-amin.jpg

Christon Batey-Smith

DirectorMelbourne

Christon Batey-Smith

DirectorMelbourne
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Rohan Wilson

DirectorMelbourne

Rohan Wilson

DirectorMelbourne
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Wayne Dixon

DirectorAdelaide

Wayne Dixon

DirectorAdelaide
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Sandeep Amin

Managing DirectorSydney

Sandeep Amin

Managing DirectorSydney
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Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide

Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide
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Adrian Doohan

Senior AssociateMelbourne

Adrian Doohan

Senior AssociateMelbourne
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Jennifer Drake

Senior AssociateAdelaide

Jennifer Drake

Senior AssociateAdelaide
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Cameron Smith

AssociateMelbourne

Cameron Smith

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Jacqueline Urford

AssociateSydney

Jacqueline Urford

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Jane Sayers

Associate, DesignMelbourne

Jane Sayers

Associate, DesignMelbourne
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Maria Mueller

AssociatePerth

Maria Mueller

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Amy Merritt

AssociateAdelaide

Amy Merritt

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Michelle Harris

AssociateMelbourne

Michelle Harris

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