Ultimately flexible learning environment takes second place in Future Proofing Schools International Design Competition
NBRS+PARTNERS MODUPOD© has redefined the relocatable classroom to win second place in the Future Proofing Schools International Design Competition, sponsored by The University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Design and the Australian Institute of Architects.
MODUPOD© is the outcome of a collaborative educational research initiative; 2025 The Learning Continuum© is a dynamic 21st century learning environment creating an inspiring Implicit Curriculum©, the 3D text book of spatial forms promoting 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© Dynamic multi-modal clusters are built around an Active Core©; a permeable student resource centre supporting unique pedagogical solutions by incorporating five standard learning modes. The Studio, Project, Breakout, Social PODS and the Outdoor Spaces support modes of teaching and learning and are specified to meet the a spectrum of curriculum needs, site topographies and climatic conditions.
The judges comments read: "This simple graphic solution captured the imagination of the jury - it was the suggestive flexibility of the organic core to the building, and its capacity to indicate closed, open, unwrapped or linear active space that proposed an aspiration for a learning community over and above a rational, workable arrangement of classrooms."