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Transforming the way students learn

Transforming the way students learn

The trend for open-plan classrooms means education providers are addressing acoustics in adaptive learning environments.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The nationwide uptake of adaptive learning spaces - where students have the chance to move around spaces and use them in a way that is most supportive to their individual learning style - means more architectural support is needed to enhance how students and teachers use those spaces. Because the education paradigm is shifting, it is essential for classrooms and educational spaces to be designed for contemporary learning.

In many schools, acoustical performance is being addressed for the first time. Lotus NZ national manager, David Kirton, has been involved in the refurbishment of a number of educational spaces and says part of his role is to educate architects and clients on the importance of acoustics.

“Research shows that poor acoustic standards in school environments can create significant barriers to learning. These barriers include cognitive fatigue, disconnecting and inability to concentrate, delays in language development and isolating. We are seeing the education sector move away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach where classrooms are uniform, and desks all lined up. Mobility, adaptability and flexibility are central to these new designs, and addressing acoustics with operable walls and acoustic sliding doors is an effective way to minimise acoustic issues and enhance flexible space design.”

A recent project undertaken in Christchurch at Shirley Boys’ and Avonside Girls’ High Schools, across eight buildings, is a great example of how acoustics - as well as aesthetics - were enhanced by installing acoustically rated operable walls in adaptive learning spaces.

Lotus Doors provided 19 separate operable wall systems to the Shirley Boys' and Avonside Girls' High Schools project.

The project included the construction of a performing arts centre as well as a number of new open-plan learning classrooms; requiring 19 acoustic operable walls in total.

“Teachers and students at these schools needed the ability to open up and close down spaces, so that there can be quiet times throughout the day with smaller groups of students in a space, as well as the possibility for the space to open right up.”

For the project, operable walls were chosen at an acoustic rated 80 Series, but Kirton says he’s encouraging educational institutions to up the ante, and go for a 100 Series wall, which has a far higher ability to stop the travel of sound from one space to the next.

Lotus offers a suite of products for the education sector, including acoustic solid and glass operable walls, and acoustic sliding door systems.

Operable walls are designed to elegantly and efficiently divide your available space for a wide range of learning environments. From small classrooms to large gymnasiums, operable walls provide schools with the flexibility to adapt. Operable walls are available in three specifications, to meet moderate to critical acoustic requirements.

The major benefit of an operable wall system is that it allows multiple spaces to be configured in various ways while still providing a high level of acoustic performance when closed. A range of surface finishes allows for even greater functionality.

The innovative face options for Lotus’ operable walls further facilitate the needs of the class. Any finish from pin boards to white boards is available. Lotus also offers a glass operable wall that allows for flexible space layouts, light transfer, visually connected spaces and acoustic separation.

Acoustic Sliding Doors Systems are great for education spaces because the sliding mechanism is built into the wall cavity and can’t slam or fall - a particular concern in earthquake-prone areas such as Christchurch. Developed in conjunction with architects to meet the needs of open-learning classrooms sliders keep safety, ease of use and great design front of mind.

"They are easy to operate, meet rigorous DDA compliance requirements and are available with Lotus' market leading SABS MOTION™ technology. SABS MOTION™ is the next generation of Slider Automatic Braking System which uses patent pending technology to provide a smooth, safe, speed-controlled operation to slow down the slider as it approaches the jamb."

The new technology is being adopted both in staff spaces and in classrooms. The versatility of these spaces now reflects exactly the philosophy of adaptive learning.

Learn more about how operable walls and acoustic sliding doors can be customised to enhance your learning space.

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Transforming the way students learn

Transforming the way students learn

The trend for open-plan classrooms means education providers are addressing acoustics in adaptive learning environments.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The nationwide uptake of adaptive learning spaces - where students have the chance to move around spaces and use them in a way that is most supportive to their individual learning style - means more architectural support is needed to enhance how students and teachers use those spaces. Because the education paradigm is shifting, it is essential for classrooms and educational spaces to be designed for contemporary learning.

In many schools, acoustical performance is being addressed for the first time. Lotus NZ national manager, David Kirton, has been involved in the refurbishment of a number of educational spaces and says part of his role is to educate architects and clients on the importance of acoustics.

“Research shows that poor acoustic standards in school environments can create significant barriers to learning. These barriers include cognitive fatigue, disconnecting and inability to concentrate, delays in language development and isolating. We are seeing the education sector move away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach where classrooms are uniform, and desks all lined up. Mobility, adaptability and flexibility are central to these new designs, and addressing acoustics with operable walls and acoustic sliding doors is an effective way to minimise acoustic issues and enhance flexible space design.”

A recent project undertaken in Christchurch at Shirley Boys’ and Avonside Girls’ High Schools, across eight buildings, is a great example of how acoustics - as well as aesthetics - were enhanced by installing acoustically rated operable walls in adaptive learning spaces.

Lotus Doors provided 19 separate operable wall systems to the Shirley Boys' and Avonside Girls' High Schools project.

The project included the construction of a performing arts centre as well as a number of new open-plan learning classrooms; requiring 19 acoustic operable walls in total.

“Teachers and students at these schools needed the ability to open up and close down spaces, so that there can be quiet times throughout the day with smaller groups of students in a space, as well as the possibility for the space to open right up.”

For the project, operable walls were chosen at an acoustic rated 80 Series, but Kirton says he’s encouraging educational institutions to up the ante, and go for a 100 Series wall, which has a far higher ability to stop the travel of sound from one space to the next.

Lotus offers a suite of products for the education sector, including acoustic solid and glass operable walls, and acoustic sliding door systems.

Operable walls are designed to elegantly and efficiently divide your available space for a wide range of learning environments. From small classrooms to large gymnasiums, operable walls provide schools with the flexibility to adapt. Operable walls are available in three specifications, to meet moderate to critical acoustic requirements.

The major benefit of an operable wall system is that it allows multiple spaces to be configured in various ways while still providing a high level of acoustic performance when closed. A range of surface finishes allows for even greater functionality.

The innovative face options for Lotus’ operable walls further facilitate the needs of the class. Any finish from pin boards to white boards is available. Lotus also offers a glass operable wall that allows for flexible space layouts, light transfer, visually connected spaces and acoustic separation.

Acoustic Sliding Doors Systems are great for education spaces because the sliding mechanism is built into the wall cavity and can’t slam or fall - a particular concern in earthquake-prone areas such as Christchurch. Developed in conjunction with architects to meet the needs of open-learning classrooms sliders keep safety, ease of use and great design front of mind.

"They are easy to operate, meet rigorous DDA compliance requirements and are available with Lotus' market leading SABS MOTION™ technology. SABS MOTION™ is the next generation of Slider Automatic Braking System which uses patent pending technology to provide a smooth, safe, speed-controlled operation to slow down the slider as it approaches the jamb."

The new technology is being adopted both in staff spaces and in classrooms. The versatility of these spaces now reflects exactly the philosophy of adaptive learning.

Learn more about how operable walls and acoustic sliding doors can be customised to enhance your learning space.

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Transforming the way students learn

Transforming the way students learn

The trend for open-plan classrooms means education providers are addressing acoustics in adaptive learning environments.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The nationwide uptake of adaptive learning spaces - where students have the chance to move around spaces and use them in a way that is most supportive to their individual learning style - means more architectural support is needed to enhance how students and teachers use those spaces. Because the education paradigm is shifting, it is essential for classrooms and educational spaces to be designed for contemporary learning.

In many schools, acoustical performance is being addressed for the first time. Lotus NZ national manager, David Kirton, has been involved in the refurbishment of a number of educational spaces and says part of his role is to educate architects and clients on the importance of acoustics.

“Research shows that poor acoustic standards in school environments can create significant barriers to learning. These barriers include cognitive fatigue, disconnecting and inability to concentrate, delays in language development and isolating. We are seeing the education sector move away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach where classrooms are uniform, and desks all lined up. Mobility, adaptability and flexibility are central to these new designs, and addressing acoustics with operable walls and acoustic sliding doors is an effective way to minimise acoustic issues and enhance flexible space design.”

A recent project undertaken in Christchurch at Shirley Boys’ and Avonside Girls’ High Schools, across eight buildings, is a great example of how acoustics - as well as aesthetics - were enhanced by installing acoustically rated operable walls in adaptive learning spaces.

Lotus Doors provided 19 separate operable wall systems to the Shirley Boys' and Avonside Girls' High Schools project.

The project included the construction of a performing arts centre as well as a number of new open-plan learning classrooms; requiring 19 acoustic operable walls in total.

“Teachers and students at these schools needed the ability to open up and close down spaces, so that there can be quiet times throughout the day with smaller groups of students in a space, as well as the possibility for the space to open right up.”

For the project, operable walls were chosen at an acoustic rated 80 Series, but Kirton says he’s encouraging educational institutions to up the ante, and go for a 100 Series wall, which has a far higher ability to stop the travel of sound from one space to the next.

Lotus offers a suite of products for the education sector, including acoustic solid and glass operable walls, and acoustic sliding door systems.

Operable walls are designed to elegantly and efficiently divide your available space for a wide range of learning environments. From small classrooms to large gymnasiums, operable walls provide schools with the flexibility to adapt. Operable walls are available in three specifications, to meet moderate to critical acoustic requirements.

The major benefit of an operable wall system is that it allows multiple spaces to be configured in various ways while still providing a high level of acoustic performance when closed. A range of surface finishes allows for even greater functionality.

The innovative face options for Lotus’ operable walls further facilitate the needs of the class. Any finish from pin boards to white boards is available. Lotus also offers a glass operable wall that allows for flexible space layouts, light transfer, visually connected spaces and acoustic separation.

Acoustic Sliding Doors Systems are great for education spaces because the sliding mechanism is built into the wall cavity and can’t slam or fall - a particular concern in earthquake-prone areas such as Christchurch. Developed in conjunction with architects to meet the needs of open-learning classrooms sliders keep safety, ease of use and great design front of mind.

"They are easy to operate, meet rigorous DDA compliance requirements and are available with Lotus' market leading SABS MOTION™ technology. SABS MOTION™ is the next generation of Slider Automatic Braking System which uses patent pending technology to provide a smooth, safe, speed-controlled operation to slow down the slider as it approaches the jamb."

The new technology is being adopted both in staff spaces and in classrooms. The versatility of these spaces now reflects exactly the philosophy of adaptive learning.

Learn more about how operable walls and acoustic sliding doors can be customised to enhance your learning space.