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    Microsoft Technology Centre by Tom Mark Henry. Photography: Damian Bennett

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    Microsoft Technology Centre by Tom Mark Henry. Photography: Damian Bennett

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    LocHal Library - Mecanoo Architecten

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    American School of Kosova by Maden group

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    Bedok Public Library - ONG&ONG

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    Bedok Public Library - ONG&ONG


Design for learning in Australia, Singapore, the Netherlands and Kosovo

Alison Carter
04 Jul 2019

Entries into the WIN Awards Learning category, reflect the importance of design for the much-valued and multi-use spaces

Tom Mark Henry was engaged to support one of the largest technology companies with its flagship store in Australia.  The Microsoft Technology Centre, a 1680sqm space was completed in October 2018 and is located above the iconic GPO in Sydney’s Martin Place. The multi-use space was to incorporate an experience centre for conferencing, a multi-purpose room, an innovation factory for developing new products and an Exploratorium to showcase these new products to a wide audience including people from different areas of the business, clients and the public alike. 

Singapore’s new Bedok Public Library from ONG&ONG is housed in the integrated civic hub Heartbeat@Bedok and occupies the site of a park that was a neighbourhood focal point since the 1960s. The new library now faces the location of its predecessor, in a nod towards its past, and significance as an enduring third space for the community.It embraces a ‘Library in a park’ concept targeted at older residents and new families alike, ensuring that the design promotes a conducive yet enjoyable learning experience for all users. 

Another new library the LocHal Library from Mecanoo Architecten brings together learning and studying, business and research, meeting, creating and innovating, exhibiting and presenting in an iconic former locomotive shed in the heart of Tilburg’s new City Campus.  The 1932 building, originally belonging to the Dutch Railways, now contains the Midden-Brabant Library, Kunstloc Brabant, and Seats2meet. Mecanoo’s design gives the interior a unique industrial character by combining new features and old industrial elements.

The American School of Kosova from the Maden Group aims to support children and given them better conditions for education by creating a positive and energetic environment. It’s a multifunctional space with multiple uses using natural lighting in each space, a variety of colours. The yard is enriched with circular oases, which are all interconnected, and in some cases filled with children's games.

This is just a snapshop of the many outstanding entries that have come for this year’s WIN Awards, to see them all please click here

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