We talk to Lead Architect, Natasa Vuletas and Principal Architect, Kai Chen of Lovell Chen about the design of the Wade Institute.
How have you designed the building to respond to and influence the learning that will take place at the Wade Institute?
Chen: We didn’t want the building to dictate how people learn, students should be able to make their own spaces. We’ve designed it to be a very flexible building, and for it to empower the user. The space will provide the user with a kit of parts, so they can set up rooms to either be round or square. We also know that people like to write, so every surface can be written on or projected onto. Every part has a practical function. It’s one of engagement.
You (Chen) have said that “the power of the space will come from the people who occupy it,” how does this effect the way you create the space?
Chen: We’ve taken the teaching model (of the Master of Entrepreneurship) and used it in our construction process, it’s very collaborative, which has been a new process for everyone involved. Everyone is committed to making it work. We are all aiming to do the best, there is a real entrepreneurial spirit to our process. Like any good startup you must have prototypes, so we are making and testing the space as we go along. We’re hoping this will carry on after the construction process, with the new occupants of the space.
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