Biophilic design, or incorporating elements of nature into the learning environment, has been proven to have a positive influence on students’ well-being, as well as to boost productivity and academic achievement.
Demco’s learning environment designers collaborated with Plunkett Raysich Architects to create this exceptional 3,600-square-foot classroom, which was designed to illustrate how you can infuse your learning spaces with nature.
Within the classroom, three distinct zones support different modes of learning, with mobility and flexibility being key. The materials within each zone were carefully chosen to encourage focus, learning, and well-being by mimicking natural environments and making connections to the natural world.
As students enter the room, they find an area of comfortable soft seating in organic shapes, tactile tables, and interactive display boards, along with living walls of green plants complemented by a natural imagery backdrop. This multisensory space opens to the center of the room, where a variety of flexible seating, work surfaces, and media tools can be adapted for individual, small-group, and large-group learning. Integrated power throughout this area supports learners’ technology needs. The far side of the room features robust butcher block tables for hands-on learning, as well as private group settings for students to study and collaborate.