Flexible spaces for new models of learning
NUspace was designed to facilitate a specific student experience, one that facilitates flexible learning and provides comfort and safety. We designed learning spaces to accommodate a ‘flipped’ classroom experience – a mode of learning that encourages students to review materials online and attend workshops to apply and analyze information. Large flexible working spaces encourage peer to peer learning while light filled, functional and engaging spaces create environments where students want to spend their time. The diverse and flexible spaces such as the three-level learning ‘landscape’ at the ground plane, with cafes, social seating, learning spaces and integrated student ‘concierge’ services, allow students to self-organise and create their own cohort communities. Overhanging the learning terraces in the gathering space, floats the aboriginal Awabakal totem of the eagle-hawk, symbolically protecting the students below. Comfortable furnishing with untethered technology and views over Newcastle can be experienced from all internal spaces, heightening student’s connection to the city.