23 May 2016
In good company, our Pop-up Learning Village was selected alongside New York University Abu Dhabi, Yale-NUS College Singapore and Wimbledon College of the Arts London.
Nominated in the education category, our Village was recognised for using design to evolve and enhance our learning environment for Diplomas students.
“The key challenge was creating a sense of place within a car park location and arranging factory built modules in an engaging way that created unique open spaces for students” said Phil Ward, Business Environments Director and architect.
“The outcome is a space whose layout avoids barrack like repetition. Our Village has a community, ‘village’ atmosphere, with a central agora [public open space] despite the fact that it is a temporary building.”
“Particular thanks must go to our Diplomas leadership team. The Village’s success was due to their input, collaboration and engagement throughout the journey.”
It was noted that our Village is a refreshing example of a project where client aspirations are represented with imagination, colour and life.
The WAN awards promote the best in pioneering education design internationally; from kindergartens to universities and everything in between.
Other finalists included a specialist technical school in Turkey, a primary school built by a non-profit in Zambia and a Japanese kindergarten.
The category winner was a primary school in Denmark, which was similarly built to deal with increasing growth in the community.
What next at the Village?
A testament to our continued growth, the Village will expand in size this year with the addition of new buildings. The project has recently commenced, and we will provide more information and updates as they occur.