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Learning Commons

Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Status: Design

The Learning Commons, located in a Winnipeg high school, involves the renovation of an existing library space, a new library addition, and a new cafeteria addition to create a 21st century knowledge centre. Today's libraries have evolved from a combination of library and computer lab into full service learning, research and meeting spaces. Within the Learning Commons, a confined space with fluid boundaries allows for a flexible learning environment, where real and virtual worlds are managed by the figure of the Teacher-Librarian.This new layout aims to combine and balance constantly changing technology with traditional printed materials, in a welcoming, safe and engaging environment. The result aims to be a dynamic, adaptable and collaborative “container,”subdivided in four complementary uses / areas: The learning space, the inspiration space, the meeting space, and the performance space.