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Design Pattern: Learning Studio

Learning Studio

The term Learning Studio is sometimes used to refer to an L-shaped classroom which is, actually, not a new idea.

Learning Studio

One of the earliest schools featuring L-shaped classrooms configured like Learning Studios is the Crow Island School in Winnetka, Illinois (US) built in 1940.

This irregular plan creates breakout spaces and flexible learning zones that support a significant number of 18 critical learning modalities.

Two Learning Studios can be arranged to form a Learning Suite.

To learn more about this design pattern and many others, explore The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools (Nair, Fielding)


Traditional Classroom

Learning Studio

Learning Suite

Small Learning Community

Welcoming Entry

Student Display Space

Home Base and Individual Storage

Physical Fitness

Science Labs, Art Labs, and Life Skills Areas

Art, Music, Performance

Casual Eating Areas


Interior and Exterior Vistas

Dispersed Technology

Indoor-Outdoor Connection

Furniture: Soft Seating

Flexible Spaces

Campfire Space

Watering Hole Space

Cave Space

Designing for Multiple Intelligences

Daylight and Solar Energy

Natural Ventilation

Full Spectrum Lighting

Sustainable Elements and Building as 3-D Text

Local Signature

Connected to the Community

Bringing It All Together

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