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Window Film on Acrylic

Marcus Whitman Music Room

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Trends in Learning Spaces

MAGIC Spell Studios Rendering

Uti­liza­tion of edu­ca­tion inte­ri­ors has dras­ti­cal­ly shift­ed over the past few years. Flex­i­bil­i­ty is key, as aca­d­e­m­ic spaces are adapt­ing to more of a hybrid learn­ing expe­ri­ence. Stu­dents are look­ing to schools as safe havens — a place to inter­act, learn and grow. Sup­port­ing stu­dents and their well-being is top of mind for edu­ca­tors. Design is a key fac­tor in reestab­lish­ing con­nec­tions and rebuild­ing com­mu­ni­ty. Here are eight trends in K – 12 and high­er-edu­ca­tion spaces.

  1. Col­or is a key fac­tor in influ­enc­ing stu­dents’ moods, pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion styles.

  2. Func­tion­al col­or” focus­es on reduc­ing eye strain and increas­ing atten­tion spans.

  3. K – 12 rooms are mul­ti-pur­pose to accom­mo­date dif­fer­ent learn­ing styles and space constraints.

  4. Col­leges are mov­ing away from struc­tured class­rooms and lean­ing into flex­i­ble inte­ri­or design.

  5. Fur­nish­ings are mobile and mod­u­lar and able to endure high use and heavy abuse.

  6. Learn­ing spaces are high­ly cus­tomiz­able with sen­si­tiv­i­ty to safe­ty and acoustics.

  7. Imag­i­na­tive décor is being bal­anced with orderliness.

  8. Incor­po­rat­ing stu­dent and com­mu­ni­ty val­ues and sus­tain­abil­i­ty is more impor­tant than ever.

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Education Case Studies

University Project
Tampa, FL | Interform Architecture + Design | Photos: Courtesy of Interform

Interform Architecture + Design developed campus brand standards for this university system that include bright pops of color to help energize classrooms and labs. An example is the bold graphic seen in this reception area, which was digitally printed on our high-performing RAMPART® wall protection.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY | SWBR | Photos: David Lamb

"Passing Through" by Ajay Malghan, from our Curated Collection, was digitally printed by WG Customs Lab for RIT's Demo Lounge. The space includes a media wall, theater sound and lighting controls, and virtual reality capabilities.

Missoula Public Library
Missoula, MT | MSR Design | Photos: Courtesy of MSR Design

Four community organizations are housed in this building that combines library services, museum spaces, meeting and study rooms, and a community center. In place of walls, MSR Design had WG Customs Lab produce laser-cut acoustic panels to separate a casual seating area from a demo kitchen.

Greece Public Library
Rochester, NY | Passero Associates | Photos: Don Cochran

In keeping with the Story Garden theme of this state-of-the-art children’s space, WG Customs Lab produced window films adorned with blooming flowers. Located in Greece, NY, the space includes books and imaginative play areas designed by Passero Associates using Building Information Modeling.

Marcus Whitman High School
Rushville, NY | SEI Design Group | Photos: Don Cochran

Digitally printing a musical graphic on RAMPART wall protection perked up the institutional-looking cinder block walls of this high school’s music room. To prep the walls, SEI Design Group discovered that having our Stronghold® wall liner applied first would create a smooth surface for installing RAMPART.