Public Architecture Award 2013 - South Australian Architecture Awards
The Flinders University School of Biological Sciences project has provided a unique opportunity for ‘Inside-Out Learning’, an innovative element that emphasises the importance for education by def...
The Flinders University School of Biological Sciences project has provided a unique opportunity for ‘Inside-Out Learning’, an innovative element that emphasises the importance for education by defining learning space in terms of student (or learner) experience. This project has transformed the student experience through the creation of spatial environments that are flexible and adapt readily to variable and constantly evolving student needs and interests. Linking these environments to the student educational experience has re-kindled intrinsic motivation, promoted self-directed learning effectiveness and strengthened the brand and competitiveness of the School. The profile, vitality and competitiveness of the School of Biological Sciences is intrinsically related to this pedagogical concept.
It was important for the School of Biological Sciences to create a strong identity in collaborative teaching and learning. The opportunity existed to create a building expressive in both form and function of the aspirations of the School, and to give rise to a building that promoted and explored issues that are connected with the Biological Sciences. The concept of ‘Inside-Out Learning’ has promoted learner experience by redefining learner spaces through the removal of the barriers to learning. In support of this objective, the openness of the building draws out a strong sense of welcoming while promoting its ‘Inside-Out Learning’ functions through transparency.
The form of the building fabric is largely influenced by the program of the internal laboratory spaces, while viewing apertures help generate a more organic form throughout the western facade. The north-south orientation is maximised with a fully glazed southern facade, while filtered light is let in to the north via the screened Ecosystem. The dynamic form of the external walkways assists in creating a focus on the entry points of the building, allowing students to filter though as part of their daily path of travel.