Classroom of the future on show at Sydney design showcase

A relief map of the world on the ceiling, a rotating planter wall and colourful break-out spaces are among the features of a “classroom of the future” based on International Grammar School (IGS) learning spaces for Primary School students.

Dreamt up by four talented Billy Blue College of Design students and graduates in collaboration with BVN Architects, the Virtual Reality (VR) classroom is based on International Grammar School (IGS) learning spaces for Primary School students.

Classroom of the future
Classroom of the future

The classroom featured at The Arc Agency design showcase on 21 March at Carriageworks, observers donning a VR headset to explore the fresh spaces.

Rotating plant wall and breakout spaces
Rotating plant wall and breakout spaces

The popular virtual classroom was created by Billy Blue College of Design students and graduates George Haltmeier, Velice Ma, Alix Newbury and Amelia Walton in collaboration with BVN Architects.

Relief map on the ceiling
Relief map on the ceiling

“Classrooms are high pressure environments,” said Velice Ma, who felt the breakout spaces were the best thing they created.

Organic shapes
Organic shapes

George Haltmeier said the team “took a lot of time researching students’ experiences,” going on to plan features that made the most of their curiosity and need for interactivity.

Flexible learning spaces
Flexible learning spaces

BVN is currently working with IGS on its Bibliothèque and Centre for the Dramatic Arts projects. The BVN team led by Amelia Lipa, Shanny Lam, Nick Souksamrane and Phillip Rossington, introduced the Billy Blue students to IGS through an initial site visit.

Spaces for learning and growing
Spaces for learning and growing

Associate Nick Souksamrane explains: “The purpose for our collaboration with Billy Blue was to explore educational space without too many pragmatic considerations in place. We used the existing footprint of the school and then encouraged the Billy Blue students to push the boundaries of learning at IGS.”

“The students spent considerable time in the BVN studio with us acting in mentoring roles to support a design charrette that delivered outstanding results,” Nick said. “In short, the students went wild! With BVN’s interior design expertise from Amelia Lipa, and the instruction of VR specialist Shanny Lam, the Billy Blue students were able to communicate their work using cutting edge methodologies and practices.”

IGS Principal Shauna Colnan said she was delighted to collaborate. “We are thrilled that BVN and these talented students have shared their skills and ideas using the latest technology, joining our quest for a reimagined campus, limitless learning, empowered students and a sustainable future,” Ms Colnan said.