Creating a space that fosters collaboration and flexibility was the primary goal for the design of the extended learning areas (ELAs) in Hamilton elementary schools. The areas are situated in the common corridor between the classes of every two grades and serve as an expansion of the classroom for cooperative endeavors between teachers and students, COST PER SQ FT$192.00FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms plays, and other artistic projects and opportunities for a varied learning environment.
All of the furniture used in the ELAs rests on wheels, enabling the space to conform easily to a variety of uses. In addition, each space features a seamless blend of hard and soft seating, and many pieces can be grouped together or pulled apart to foster project needs.
From the early design phases, the public expressed the desire for a space that enriched the synergistic values of the community and also supported personal student investment. To achieve this, each ELA is differentiated by colors and decorative design elements in order to define each space independently.
In addition, student lockers were moved from individual classrooms to the ELAs, opening up additional classroom space and creating a sense of personal ownership in the common areas.