Learning environments are an important part of the learning process that should support the pupils’ growth and development as well as promote their activity, self-direction, and creativity.
Learning environments designed by interior architects Gullstén & Inkinen are scalable, functional, secure, and responsive to students’ needs. The design of the premises pays particular attention to ergonomics, lighting that supports studying, and functional acoustics to ensure peace and quiet for studying that requires concentration.
What kind of environment best supports learning?
Learning environments must be easily adaptable for groups of different sizes as well as the needs of students of different ages and backgrounds. The classrooms are no longer just for sitting at the desk but can be equipped with furniture and tools to support small group- and individual learning and activities and tools. Versatility allows the space to be long-lasting and durable.
In the context of the learning environment, functionality is related to how well it is suitable for diverse learning: lessons, group work, independent study, etc. The functional space has also taken into account the needs for interaction and accessibility. Furniture should be durable and designed for heavy use.
A stimulating, cozy, and inspiring space attracts students and creates community, but at the same time allows for peaceful work. Comfort is created by careful design and implementation of lighting, acoustics, and colors. Acoustics in particular play an important role in spaces with a lot of children.
A well designed and built environment takes into account the different needs of students and teachers. The space is accessible and supports equality and diversity.