Germantown Academy: Innovation Lab and Makerspace Featuring 21st-Century Learning Environment

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1100 Architect was in charge of designing Germantown Academy, a private preK-12 school in Pennsylvania. It is the center for innovation highlighting a 21st-century learning environment housing spaces for collaborative, hands-on learning. The project itself was completed in 2016.

The Germantown Academy

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The Germantown Academy was the result of the transformation of a computer lab and a portion of the library. With the transformation, the space offers a flexible learning space for students and faculty consisting of two areas. Those two areas are an Innovation Lab and a Makerspace.

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The team in charge of the project also incorporated movable partitions to allow the Innovation Lab to be configured in a number of different ways when needed.

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Once configured, the Innovation Lab can accommodate spaces for small group collaboration, individual study, and larger events like robotics competitions and lectures.

The Makerspace

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The Makerspace was designed to complement more traditional learning environments, offering a forum for students to test ideas by creating something. They can also do experimentation with technologies such as laser-cutting and 3D printing.

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The Makerspace emphasizes transparency which can be seen through the spaces in which the occupants can visually communicate with each other. The transparency also produces an engaging environment, promoting cross-disciplinary learning.

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