Learning Hub, 

St Andrew's Anglican College 

This project involved designing a new Learning Hub for St Andrew’s Anglican College – a rapidly-growing school on the Sunshine Coast.

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.  

We worked closely with the school to develop the brief to ensure that teacher-led and student directed spaces offered a range of engaging 21st century learning experiences. 

Internally, contemporary materials such as glass and metal are balanced with wood to add warmth and richness to the learning space. 

These spaces are visually connected to a significant outdoor, covered gathering space that flexibly supports large numbers of students in an outdoor learning setting. It enables a range of student directed activities that reinforce the new Academic Centre as a dynamic hub strategically located at the centre of the school. This informal outdoor environment enriches the teaching and learning experience available to the students and the broader school community.

The ‘university-like’ facility (as described by students) also raises the profile of learning, which is now on display on major routes of the campus and no longer hidden away.

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 set up the strategy and sequence for future construction stages.

“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,”
— St Andrew’s Anglican College Principal, Chris Ivey

Wilson Architects Managing Director Hamilton Wilson says the Hub brings the learning community together, giving the students a dynamic place to collaborate and share knowledge.

“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 - Wilson Architects

He says it was amazing to see the school’s centre of gravity change so dramatically. “The school has transformed from being very disparate, to extremely cohesive, with a pulsing heart of activity at its centre,” he says.

The university-like facility (as described by students) raises the profile of learning, which is now on display on major routes of the campus and no longer hidden away.

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 set up the strategy and sequence for future construction stages.

‘The project “has been the combined effort of so many people and in particular, I want to acknowledge Wilson Architects for their attention to detail and their commitment to the values of innovative teaching and learning.”
— St Andrew's Anglican College Principal, Chris Ivey
 
 

STATS

Timeline
Complete 2016

Project Budget
$9,850,000

Key Personnel
Hamilton Wilson,
John Thong, Shaun Purcell, Luis Sidonio, Annie Yen,
Lia Kim, Sophie Lorenz, Sarah Mahon, Jenny Yang, Daniel Tsang, Tom Sealy

 

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