High quality instruction within the classroom is the keystone to education reform. There is a wealth of research supporting the notion that pleasant surroundings have a direct impact on student outcomes. Hence, educational spaces must be designed to support the teaching and learning practices required by modern schools, both functionally and aesthetically.
For decades, hospitals have followed a model that valued functionalism and efficiency and largely ignored the role of design. Lately the evolution of the modern hospital have moved from a functionalist, medico-centric model to one that re-engages with design as a key element of health delivery thinking. Moving from a service economy to an experience economy, healthcare is prioritising patient experience. The design of the built environment can support an improved patient experience by providing positive distractions through colourful surfaces and access to nature and light, places of support and respite for family members, quieter units so patients can sleep, and so on.
Over a quarter of a million Australians currently live in residential aged care and that is set to increase exponentially over the next 25 years. As the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation starts to retire, this savvy generation can afford to continue their current standard of living into retirement. There has been a shift away from institutional models of care to master-planned communities, with amenities such as salons, dining rooms and gyms that provide residents with an all-inclusive community. Residential units and rooms are contemporary and luxurious, creating a warm and inviting space with high end products and materials..
End of Trip Facilities
End of trip facilities include the provision of secure cycle storage racks, showers, changing facilities, lockers and drying space for clothes for use by staff and visitors to the building. Although often characterised as cycling facilities, they may also used by those catching public transport, walking in or going for a lunchtime jog. These are often installed in new buildings or following major refurbishment to meet planning and Green Star requirements. Modern office buildings are increasingly expected to have these facilities.
The age of trapping people inside shopping centres is over – or it should be. At the same time there is a fine line here between ensuring that architecture facilitates retail activity and makes it interesting enough to simply hang out and return to further explore. Retailers still want shoppers to have an interesting journey and be in a place of discovery, joy and making social interactions at the same time.
As the economy continues to bounce back, more families have accumulated the funding to focus again on the appearance of their abodes. And, with more houses being built across the world, architects have been busy finding new, creative, and sometimes peculiar ways to set their designs apart.
Public transport is gradually changing to support everyday lifestyles and malleable work patterns and to promote an environment to accommodate the public’s changing needs. There are increasing expectations from passengers for public transport to be an extension of their home so they are able to use their travelling time effectively. It’s becoming more and more necessary that the travel environment is adaptable to the passenger’s preference; relaxing, socialising or working. Therefore, public transport needs to be welcoming, homely and familiar.
With the evolving landscape of global travelers and a growing number of people who are regularly choosing to eat out, hospitality design becomes more and more influential on what we consider to be visually appealing. In addition to setting a backdrop for an unforgettable experience, hotels and restaurants across the globe now offer a major dose of lifestyle and interior inspiration. In a way, they can be seen as great design case studies exploring the stylistic directions for the whole interior design industry. They feature innovative concepts, shapes, color schemes, novel materials or just play with the known to create something extraordinary and breath-taking.
Office Fit Outs
Employee well-being and environmental sustainability are becoming a significant impact on how office fitouts are planned and designed. As workspace needs continue to be more fluid and dynamic, and employee satisfaction becoming a key metric in organisational productivity, office design trends will focus on improving the workplace for both the employee and the environment