Montreal school uses interior design to enhance learning experience

The Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie has collaborated with Taktik design through the development of two flexible classrooms in Montreal, with the aim of creating a new approach to teaching and learning. Photo courtesy Maxime Brouillet

The Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie has collaborated with Taktik design through the development of two flexible classrooms in Montreal, with the aim of creating a new approach to teaching and learning.

The design optimizes space by offering spaces that promote well-being and collaboration, thanks to their friendly and fun layouts. The sound-dampening felt panels of the solid furniture are custom made and some chairs, remnants of the old classroom, have also been restored.

These reimagined settings invite students to take their place in the learning environment based on what serves them best. By enabling independent development, design plays an active role in their educational growth.

Several strategies have been put in place: the furniture around the rooms is fixed, while the furniture in the center is mobile; the design favors a convergence towards the whiteboard, where the teacher can quickly illustrate his point; and rugs create subspaces, which delineate areas and improve room acoustics. In addition, placing tables at different heights creates a dynamic effect for different environments.

The use of the spaces as classrooms during the day and as recreation areas in the evening, along with the addition of comfortable sofas, rugs and plants, serves the student residents, who have come to learn, study, eat and s have fun.