NaeNae College - Special Needs Unit
S&T is designing a new specialist learning facility at NaeNae College for those with special learning needs. This is an exciting project where we are seeking to provide for security and the very particular needs of the students while still creating a contemporary 21st Century learning environment.
The design provides students with a “learning street” starting at the entry lobby before gradually opening out to focus on a large grassed landscape. This focus out to the landscape breaks away from a traditional inward looking facility allowing students to have a connection with their surroundings.
The “street” provides a clear legible circulation with extra space as many students need more personal space. There is a central focus around a kitchen used by students for life skill development. Individual spaces open up to the street allowing break-out space, collective use of computers and greater social interaction.
Construction is expected to commence in the second half of 2012.