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Glasgow Uni students benefit from lessons in nature

HLM Architects utilised innovative biophilic designs to transform existing teaching classrooms throughout the University of Glasgow campus

Posted by Julian Owen | November 10, 2017 | Interiors

With research indicating that levels of productivity increase in environments containing natural elements, HLM Architects has refurbished spaces at the University of Glasgow, particularly in rooms with limited access to natural daylight.

In partnership with the University of Glasgow and its Inspiring Spaces Group, HLM has completed the second phase of its Active Learning Spaces Pilot Rooms project. Building on the success of last year’s refurbishments, these new spaces will inform the design of future learning and teaching estate across the campus.

The biophilic designs include the use of natural materials, textures and patterns, as well as lighting with variable temperature settings which respond to the body’s circadian rhythm. The results are teaching spaces that increase comfort levels and provide more relaxed learning environments for the students.

David Greig, Associate at HLM, commented: “We are working closely with the University of Glasgow to evaluate what elements and aspects contribute to the most active learning spaces, and then we plan to incorporate these designs in the broader Learning and Teaching Hub project which is due to be completed in 2019.”

Karen Lee, Director of Strategy, Performance & Transformation at the University of Glasgow, added: “The refurbishment of the rooms to create active learning spaces is a fantastic opportunity for the university to test and understand what designs will be most successful in our new developments and buildings. We are really impressed with how HLM have transformed the spaces to enable more interactive and flexible teaching, and can see how it is having a positive effect on the student community.”

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