The Learning Hub was designed for St Andrew’s Anglican College – a rapidly-growing school on the Sunshine Coast. It incorporates primary and secondary school libraries, multiple collaborative teaching spaces, staff offices, professional development care, several student lounges and an expansive outdoor learning area.
The library is central to the Learning Hub, both literally and metaphorically. While it occupies prime accessible space on the ground floor, a key role of the library is to centralise a variety of services within the Hub. Students can choose from self-service to fully-assisted service points for IT, library and learning support, and have access to interview rooms, pods, and flexible furniture. Staff move around the space providing help as needed. Models such as this offer formal and informal opportunities for students and staff to interact, and are very efficient.
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. The main driver for designing this kind of library is learning behaviour; technology, although essential, is a support tool. The core design consideration of the modern library is the students. The library needed to support and expand the student-centred or independent learning process, accommodating different study types (i.e. group or quiet) and reflect the diversity of human behaviour (i.e. different learning preferences and personality types). The project needed to create spaces where everyone can find somewhere they feel comfortable, and that suits their study style.