The L.E.A.R.N center is a seven storey visually engaging and inviting open educational space that presents itself with a playful yet sustainable design. The nature of this proposal aims to encourage the enjoyment of learning and desire to progress skills or develop new ones that will contribute to a positively stable future by providing opportunities.
Created out of recycled timber, glass reinforced plastic and high-performance glazing, the illusion of shifting cantilevered floor plates are arranged to form an undulating perimeter, a movement expressed through geometrical order and control. The circular limit projects out the north façade to satisfy continuation and visibility through the design.
Subtly coloured vertical glass fins wrap around the fully glazed circular south façade expressing a contrasting architectural language to the surrounding context. The intrinsic fins create a playful environment as the reflection of each colour creates a soft hue on the floor of internal spaces whilst shifting daylight creates shadow and depth around the elevation throughout the day.
Principal access across the delicate concrete bridge leads into a vast open social space on the first floor with views across the canal. The upper spaces are designed around a central circular void to showcase an architecturally empowering ceiling height which encourages interaction among all levels.
Façade colours are represented inside at each level on the balustrade and ceilings to increase ideas of connectivity and journey as each level is represented by an individual colour and function. Level green (two) leads with a creative art focus, open spaces with no solid boundaries. Yellow is populated with music, pink for business and direct teaching. Blue includes food and culinary whilst purple is home to an open working environment.
Landscaping to the south contains rent-free pods to support local businesses and the progression of their future.