The Imaginarium Paves Road for Innovation at Barker College

As technology continues to evolve ever-so-quickly we are faced with challenges to keep schools equipped with the latest and most efficient learning tools. Most primary and secondary schools, which have been around for a number of decades, have reliable infrastructure, but simply lack spatial learning environments that are conducive to the current age of learning.

Barker College recently commissioned NBRS+Partners to repurpose two 1970s classrooms to be transformed into a state-of-the-art learning environment known as The Imaginarium. The Imaginarium took shape after the demolition of heavy internal walls, opening up a large learning space that is able to accommodate up to 50 students. In order to maximise the natural light and ventilation within the classroom, external walls were replaced with glass, creating a sense of transparency and seamless flow between indoor/outdoor spaces.

magazine and photo 2The Imaginarium primarily provides limitless possibilities for flexible learning with the latest technology and a reconfigurable classroom set-up that is conducive to various teaching methods. The different-shaped furniture pieces allow students to arrange them according to specific activities such as group work, presentations or working on projects. This gives both students and teachers and opportunity to identify what works best in terms of furniture arrangements, lighting, colours and technology, and how these elements interface with effective pedagogies.

The classroom is also equipped with cutting-edge technology including cameras, microphones, speakers, touch screens and a permanent green-screen wall giving students endless possibilities to learn and grow. The two touch screens are connected to cameras that capture the lessons, ideal for students to review lesson material or watch from home, if absent.

Nicknamed, the “experimental sandpit”, The Imaginarium has set new heights in terms of flexible learning environments for students and teachers to “experiment”, explore and grow.


NBRS+PARTNERS is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships our portfolio spanning public and private sectors exhibit an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS+PARTNERS global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise. Our design-minded, 50 strong team’s unique focus on creative partnerships helps to realise solutions, with extraordinary results.

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