Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Facility of the week

The Lilley Centre, Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The Lilley Centre is the hub for the Brisbane Grammar School’s academic infrastructure. It has many flexible and technologically enhanced learning spaces, providing learners with immediate access to knowledge and information in multiple formats and combinations. The learning commons is a two-storey space at the confluence of all circulation. It spatially organises the building, and was conceived as an extension to the historic Boarders’ Lawn. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively in groups, using furniture and technology tailored to replicate and extend classroom learning. Other spaces in the centre allow teachers and students to switch easily between learning modes. The furniture and technology supports a base cohort of six students, and rooms can be partitioned to accommodate classes of 30, 60 and 120 students. The building is sited so as to link, spatially and visually, the traditional gothic architecture of the school to the urban streetscape of central Brisbane. Materials have been selected for their quality and longevity, and tailored for their particular solar orientation or historic context. Brickwork tempers the scale and mass, stitching the various elements back to the Great Hall. The use of zinc cladding references back to the slate roofs. Different types of glass are used to modulate the level of transparency, which is determined by adjacent alignments.
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About this database

The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched the “Database of Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investment” on 29 September 2011. It seeks to inform the planning, design, construction, management and evaluation of educational spaces, combining resources for strategic investment in educational infrastructure, with exemplary school and university facilities from all over the world.

Drawing on the output of a joint CELE/European Investment Bank project on “Strategic Investment Planning for Educational Infrastructure” and more than 60 exemplary schools and universities featured in CELE’s flagship publication, “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”, this database is a unique international resource for educators, designers, policymakers and researchers alike.

Users of the database are encouraged to add their own resource material, or submit new completed university or school projects for publication on the database. OECD and EIB welcome your input to our project!

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