60% of students from Aotearoa are deeply concerned about climate change and our natural world. Our tamariki and rangatahi are asking schools to care for the environment, and teachers are echoing this kaupapa. But what does this look like?
Anson Kong from Spacebar Design is giving us a glimpse of this sustainable future happening right now. In their project for Westlake Boys High School, Spacebar fitted the school library with their considered modular furniture system - cleverly designed so that every panel can be upgraded/ replaced and/or disassembled over time ensuring a long life and zero waste.
And they selected a custom 'Pika' Critical. Cleanstone mix to further extend their environmental impact through materiality. Made in Aotearoa from 100% Aotearoa soft plastic packaging destined for landfill. Our bespoke Pika mix is designed to look like a pixelated or pebble finish reminiscent of our riversides. Further more, it's 100% recyclable and low carbon.
Versatile, durable and sustainable materials combined with modular design open a world of possibilities for crafting:
Engaging learning environments: Design flexible learning stations, collaborative pods, and modular furniture that adapts to different activities and fosters student interaction.
Eye-catching displays and walls: Create informative murals, captivating bulletin boards, and even upcycled shelves with Cleanstone, adding a touch of eco-conscious creativity to your classroom aesthetics.
Hands-on learning zones: Build raised garden beds, plant shelves, and composting bins for a "Grow Zone" where students can witness the magic of nature and learn about sustainability firsthand.
Cleanstone isn't just sustainable – it's a statement for the circular economy. Combined with thoughtful design that consider the whole of life from Spacebar, you can future proof your next education space, while reducing the need for frequent renovations.
Checkout Spacebar's mahi here: https://www.spacebardesign.co.nz/
I run a green building materials company and we help designers, businesses and educators build beautiful and sustainable spaces using Cleanstone. If your working on a sustainable fit out, I'd love to hear from you. Send me a DM or comment below!