AWARD-WINNING: Caloundra Christian College will host a group of 40 members of Learning Environments Australasia on Friday July 10. Picture: Contributed.
AWARD-WINNING: Caloundra Christian College will host a group of 40 members of Learning Environments Australasia on Friday July 10. Picture: Contributed.

Award-winning Coast classroom’s time to shine

A Coast school’s award-winning Primary Learning Centre has gained the attention of leading architects, designers, planners, educators and policy makers that will next week see what the building has to offer.

Forty members of Learning Environments Australasia, mostly from Brisbane, will visit Caloundra Christian College on July 10 to inspect the modern classroom designed by McLellan Bush Architects with Warana-based Greenedge Design Consultants.

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The outdoor play area won the 2020 Learning Environments Australasia Award in Category 7: Landscaping/Outdoor Learning Area and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Qld 2020 Landscape Architecture Award for the category of Play Spaces.

The neighbouring building won Australian Institute of Architects’ 2020 Gabriel Poole Sunshine Coast Building of the Year in May and the Master Builders Queensland, Sunshine Coast Housing and Construction Award in 2019 for Educational Facilities up to $10 million.

Caloundra Christian College’s Primary Learning Centre. Picture: Contributed.
Caloundra Christian College’s Primary Learning Centre. Picture: Contributed.

Greenedge Design Consultants director Greg Thomas said it was great to see the building was gaining so much attention.

“The recent awards success is the icing-on-the-cake for our design of this unique play and learning space at Caloundra Christian College,” he said.

“Our design approach was inclusive with collaboration with teachers and students to identify the needs – while value adding latest researched benefits such as risk perception.”

The building features bright blocks of colour, asymmetrical lines and forms which break down traditional notions of classroom structure.

The high ceilings and glass walls create a light, airy feeling while serving a practical purpose allowing teachers to easily keep an eye on students as they break into groups for play and learning in the classroom or common areas.

Learning Environments Australasia is a community of more than 900 professionals sharing best practice on the design, planning, building and use of innovative learning environments.

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Caloundra Christian College principal Vince Wakefield said the school was excited to host the members.

“We have now won four major awards for the amazing primary facility,” Mr Wakefield said.

“We want our students to be confident risk takers while also feeling safe.

“This facility is like a second home to our students allowing them to be encouraged – even challenged – to be creative and daring. That’s what this space represents.”