Modupod Flexible Learning Environment

By Andrew Duffin
masterplans

Australia

By: NBRS+PARTNERS

MODUPODĀ© NBRS+PARTNERS

How does the project respond to its context, contribute to the public domain for example street or neighbourhood?

MODUPOD is a design response to a new approach for learning environments; THE LEARNING CONTINUUM© which responds to the plastic possibilities of environments which are fluid and transcendental in nature. The new physical components form to blend a seamless integrated environment which maximises the learning experience.

MODUPOD is a visionary deign idea for relocatable educational facilities.

What problems did you have to solve?

NBRS+PARTNERS explored the role of design to benefit learning outcomes for schools. It has led to an innovative proposal to restructure relocatable learning environments for schools.

MODUPOD DYNAMIC multi-modal clusters are built around an ACTIVE CORE©; a permeable student resource centre which supports unique pedagogical solutions by incorporating fi ve standard learning modes. The Studio, Project, Breakout and Social PODS and the Outdoor Spaces support the modes of teaching and learning and are specifi ed to meet the a spectrum of curriculum needs, site topographies and climatic conditions. With MODUPOD educationalists can achieve a fast, smart, and flexible 21st century learning environment.

What was the contribution of others, including engineers, landscape architects, artists, builders and other specialists to the outcome?

The design of MODUPOD© had its genesis in our research paper 2025 The Learning Continuum. This paper describing a new Implicit Curriculum was critically reviewed by the education community, gained an Award for Design Excellence from CEFPI.  The presentation of The Learning Continuum at the 2011 Future Forum - Education was an opportunity to discuss the confluence of new pedagogy and learning spaces with leading educators in Australia.

How would you describe the value of design in relation to the cost of the project?

With MODUPOD educationalists can achieve a fast, smart, and flexible 21st century learning environment.

What are some important sustainability aspects of the project?

The components of the MODUPOD come together as a highly sustainable solution. Climate control and climate adaptibility are key in the arrangement of spaces. The materiality allows for solar screens, twin-skin membrane roofs, performance glazing with clip on shading devices depended on location, orientation, and environment. Resource reclamation is well considered through priority acces to natural lighting and solar scavenging.

The reuse and relocatability of the components and forms makes the MODUPOD idea fully sustainable through flexible geometry, easy assemblage and dismantelling capabilities.

What do you consider to be the benefits of the project for the client, users and the community?

MODUPOD© is a dynamic 21st century learning environment that creates an inspiring IMPLICIT CURRICULUM©, the 3D text book - spatial forms that promotes interaction and critical thinking for 21st century students. Fast assembly, smart stimulating interiors and flexible PODS place students and teachers at the heart of learning. MODUPOD embodies a new approach to learning.

Other general comments

Our innovative proposal to restructure relocatable learning environments for schools; MODUPOD© a Dynamic Learning Space recently won an award in the University of Melbourne sponsored International Design Competition based around Future Proofing Schools.