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Our Projects: Salvado Catholic College Admin Space

Salvado Catholic College, a longstanding college in Perth, has been a partner of Office Line for a long time. The last furniture project we took was to revitalize their administrative area. The goal was to create a modern, functional workspace that reflected the college's identity.

The primary challenge was finding a solution that seamlessly integrated with existing furniture, maintaining a cohesive aesthetic. Additionally, the furniture and fabrics needed to withstand the high traffic of a school environment.

We brought a solution that embraced modern simplicity with clean lines and a sleek red and grey color palette. The renovation transformed several key areas.

Staff Room Oasis

The new staff room provides a comfortable and inviting space for staff to unwind and recharge. The interior have upholstered chairs in Flynn Flame fabrics from Warwick. This fabric is 

easy-to-clean and maintain. In the outside area, the Asti Stools in white combined with the I.AM Tables ensure both relaxation and durability and embracing the natural light coming from the celing and keeping the espace fresh and luminous. 

 

 

Empowering wellbeing in 8 Offices

Each office is designed to enhance productivity and well-being. The school chose an innovative Ovation Sit-Stand Desks, promoting flexibility and movement throughout the workday.

This type of desk paired with the Breeze Task Chair are available in each office, offering both ergonomic support and a stylish look that complements the modern aesthetic. Ample storage solutions, including Horizon Express Mobile pedestals, filing cabinets, and cupboards, ensure a clutter-free and organized workspace.

 

      

    Maximized Storage Solutions:
    The storage rooms have been optimised for efficient organization, maximising every inch of space. The focal point is the impressive Fortress Compactus system, delivering exceptional storage capacity for all the college's needs.

     

     

    Salvado Catholic College was thrilled with the customer service delivered by Office Line. The renovation resulted in a modern, functional, and comfortable workspace that embodies the college's identity.

    Things we loved about the project:

    • Modern aesthetic: Clean lines and a red and grey color scheme that create a contemporary feel.
    • Improved functionality: Each space is designed to optimise its purpose.
    • Enhanced ergonomics: Sit-stand desks and comfortable seating promoting employee well-being.
    • Increased storage capacity: Efficient storage solutions that maximise space utilisation.
    • Easy maintenance: Durable and easy-to-clean fabrics ensuring a long-lasting and low-maintenance environment.

    Office Line offers a comprehensive range of furniture soluctions. With over 20 years of industry experience, Office Line has become a leading provider of educational furniture for schools of all sizes.

    Looking to revamp your workspace?

    Contact Office Line today and discover how they can help you create a space that's modern, functional, comfortable, and reflects your company's identity.

     

         
    • Karen Rodriguez

    The Neuroarchitecture of Learning: Designing Classrooms that Shape Young Minds

    Imagine a classroom that transcends rows of desks and fluorescent lights. Imagine a space that actively fosters a child's development, nurturing their personality, self-esteem, and character. This isn't a utopian fantasy; it's the power of neuroarchitecture in action.

    What is Neuroarchitecture?

    Neuroarchitecture is the fascinating science that explores the connection between our physical surroundings and their impact on the brain and behavior. In the context of schools, it's about creating learning environments that go beyond academics and contribute to a child's overall well-being.

    Here's how neuroarchitecture transforms classrooms into spaces that nurture a child's growth:

    • Building Confidence and Self-Expression: Personality thrives when children have opportunities for exploration and self-expression. Neuroarchitecture encourages this by incorporating design elements that spark curiosity and allow for personalization. Imagine designated "maker spaces" with crafting materials and interactive displays for students to tinker and showcase their creativity. Movable furniture allows for flexible classroom layouts, fostering a sense of ownership and control over their learning environment.

    • Fostering a Sense of Belonging: A safe and inclusive environment is crucial for building self-esteem. Neuroarchitecture achieves this by utilizing comfortable furniture that caters to children's sizes, like ergonomic chairs and adjustable desks. Incorporating natural light with large windows or skylights creates a welcoming atmosphere, and ensuring all areas are easily accessible for all students, including ramps and designated areas for students with physical limitations, promotes a sense of belonging and respect for diversity.

    • Developing Character Through Collaboration: Strong character traits like empathy and teamwork flourish through positive social interactions. Neuroarchitecture facilitates this by creating designated areas for group work, like round tables or beanbag seating configurations that encourage face-to-face interaction. Flexible furniture that allows for reconfiguration fosters a sense of agency and collaboration. Even utilizing calming colors like blue and green can promote cooperation and reduce stress, leading to more productive group learning experiences.

    See this project: Peter Carnley Anglican Community School

     

    Furniture plays a crucial role in the neuroarchitectural orchestra of the classroom. Here's how the right furniture choices can contribute to a child's development:

    • Ergonomics for All: Ergonomic chairs with adjustable features and desks that can adapt to different heights ensure proper posture and minimize discomfort, allowing students to focus on learning instead of physical strain.
    • Variety Breeds Engagement: Mobile furniture like tables and chairs on wheels empowers students to take ownership of their learning space. This flexibility allows for quick reconfiguration for group work, presentations, or quiet study zones, catering to different learning styles and activities.
    • Sensory Exploration: Incorporating furniture with different textures, like woven chairs or soft poufs, caters to a variety of learning styles and provides tactile stimulation for students who benefit from fidgeting.
    • Storage Solutions: Ample and accessible storage promotes organization and reduces clutter, creating a calmer and more focused learning environment.

      See this Project: The Kings College

     

    The Science Behind the Design

    So how does neuroarchitecture translate into tangible design choices beyond furniture? Here's a glimpse into the key elements that influence a child's experience:

    • Visual: Soft lighting and calming colors create a focused atmosphere ideal for learning, while pops of color can energize and stimulate creative thinking. Consider incorporating biophilic design elements, like incorporating natural light and views of nature, which have been shown to reduce stress and improve cognitive function.

    • Tactile: Providing a variety of textures throughout the classroom, from soft mats for reading nooks to textured blocks in a sensory play area, encourages exploration and sensory learning, which is crucial for early development. Different textures can also help students who fidget stay focused by providing a tactile outlet.

    • Auditory: Balancing sound is key. Incorporating calming music for specific activities like meditation or yoga can improve focus, while designated quiet zones with sound-absorbing materials ensure students have a space for concentration when needed. Consider technology solutions like white noise machines or noise-canceling headphones for individual student needs.

    • Olfactory: Scents play a surprising role in memory and learning. Bringing in plants not only purifies the air but also introduces natural scents like lavender, known for its calming properties, or rosemary, which can enhance memory and focus.

    By embracing neuroarchitecture, we can transform classrooms from sterile environments into dynamic spaces that ignite a child's curiosity, nurture their well-being, and unlock their full potential. This isn't just about design; it's about creating a foundation for a brighter future, one young mind at a time. Neuroarchitecture, coupled with innovative teaching methods, can create a symphony of design and education, leading to a more engaging and enriching learning experience for all students. This collaborative approach, where educators and designers work together, can ensure that classrooms not only meet academic needs but also foster a love of learning that extends far beyond the walls of the school.

     

    The Impact on Educators:

    Neuroarchitecture isn't just beneficial for students; it can also positively impact educators. By creating a well-designed and stimulating environment, teachers can experience:

    • Reduced Stress Levels: Calming colors and natural elements can contribute to a more relaxed atmosphere for educators, leading to improved focus and well-being.
    • Enhanced Creativity: Flexible furniture and designated collaboration zones allow for innovative teaching methods and interactive activities, fostering a more dynamic learning environment.
    • Improved Efficiency: Ample storage and organizational solutions minimize clutter and wasted time, allowing teachers to focus on what matters most – their students.

     

     

    See this Project: Emmanuel College Warrnambool

     

    Investing in neuroarchitecture for schools isn't just about aesthetics; it's an investment in the future. By creating classrooms that nurture a child's development on all levels – cognitive, emotional, and social – we are equipping them with the tools they need to thrive in a complex and ever-changing world.Whether you're an educator, school administrator, or simply passionate about creating a better learning environment for future generations, there are steps you can take to incorporate neuroarchitecture principles.

    Researching design elements, advocating for renovations, or even starting small with introducing plants and flexible furniture arrangements can all make a difference.Remember, every child deserves the opportunity to learn and grow in a space that fosters their unique potential. Let's work together to transform classrooms into spaces where curiosity thrives, confidence flourishes, and a love of learning takes root.

     

    • Karen Rodriguez

    Learning Spaces Trends 2024

    In 2024, classrooms evolve into dynamic learning ecosystems, fostering collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Trends in educational space design prioritize flexibility, sustainability, and technology integration, preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. Let's delve into the key areas shaping the future of learning environments:

     

    STEM Spaces:

    • Innovation Labs: Elevate traditional science classrooms to innovation hubs equipped with 3D printers, robots, and VR tools. Spark student curiosity and encourage hands-on experimentation through engaging learning activities.
    • Collaborative Zones: Embrace the power of teamwork with flexible furniture arrangements and interactive whiteboards. Design classrooms that promote active learning and discussion-based approaches, fostering essential 21st-century skills.
    • Tech-Infused Landscape: Seamlessly integrate cutting-edge technology like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) into the learning experience. These transformative tools allow students to explore complex concepts virtually, conduct immersive simulations, and engage in collaborative projects across geographic boundaries.

     

    K-12 Spaces: 

    • Personalized Learning Studios: Cater to individual needs and learning styles with flexible spaces featuring reading nooks, quiet areas, and collaborative zones. Offer students differentiated instruction and choice-based learning opportunities, fostering intrinsic motivation and self-directed learning.
    • Outdoor Learning Arenas: Transform schoolyards into living laboratories. Integrate nature-based activities and hands-on projects into the curriculum, connecting students with the environment and promoting physical activity and mental well-being.
    • Multifunctional Hubs: Maximize space utilization with modular furniture and adaptable design. Convert classrooms into flexible learning studios, collaborative workspaces, or community event spaces, fostering resourcefulness and adaptability.

     

    Sustainable Design:

    • Eco-Conscious Materials: Prioritize recycled and repurposed materials for furniture and construction, minimizing environmental impact and instilling responsible practices in students.
    • Energy Efficiency: Implement sustainable technologies like natural lighting, smart ventilation systems, and energy-efficient appliances. Equip classrooms with smart sensors and data-driven tools to track and optimize energy use, fostering environmental awareness and responsible citizenship.
    • Nature's Embrace: Introduce elements of nature with vertical gardens, green roofs, and indoor plants. Design classrooms that support improved air quality, reduced stress levels, and enhanced cognitive function.

     

    Educational Technology:

    • Smart Classrooms: Equip classrooms with interactive whiteboards, touch screens, and mobile devices seamlessly integrated with learning platforms. Encourage BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiatives and leverage cloud-based resources for personalized learning experiences.
    • VR & AR Adventures: Immerse students in virtual worlds and interactive simulations with AR and VR technology. Explore historical events, conduct virtual lab experiments, and collaborate on projects in entirely new dimensions.
    • AI-Powered Learning: Harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) for personalized learning experiences. Implement adaptive learning platforms that provide students with real-time feedback, targeted activities, and individualized learning paths.

    By embracing these trends, educational institutions can cultivate learning spaces that empower students to become successful learners, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens in the 21st century.

     

    • Karen Rodriguez

    Student Desks: How to Choose the Right One

    Student desks are pivotal in shaping the learning environment and influencing student outcomes. They provide a designated workspace where students can focus on their studies, engage in collaborative activities, and develop academic skills.

    Choosing the right student desks requires careful consideration of several factors that can significantly impact student comfort, productivity, and overall well-being. Here are some of the main aspects to consider when choosing the next desks for your classroom:

     

    1. Thinking on the Students

    • Student Age: Tailor your desk selection to the specific needs of different age groups. Younger students may require smaller desks with a lower height, while older students may need larger desks with high adjustable features.
    • Student Needs: Consider the specific needs of students with disabilities or learning challenges. Choose desks that accommodate individual requirements, such as wheelchair accessibility or specialised features for sensory sensitivities.
    • Size: Desk size ensures proper ergonomics and prevents posture-related issues. Measure the student's elbow height from the floor to determine the ideal desk height. The desk should allow the student's elbows to rest at a 90-degree angle when seated.

     2. Thinking on the Teachers

    • Teaching Methodology: Align desk selection with the teaching methodology. For instance, for group-oriented teaching, choose desks that can be easily rearranged; in the case of technology-focused learning, consider desks with built-in features like tablet holders and power outlets.
    • Shape: Rectangular desks are traditional and suitable for learning spaces focused on individual tasks. On the contrary, Curved desks can foster collaboration and encourage group learning. Here are some examples of how the desks can be adjusted to each space:

               

       

               

       

      3. Thinking in the Classroom

      • Durability: Student desks undergo daily wear and tear, so choose desks made from high-quality materials like wood tops or metal frames. Our desks, for example, are manufactured in Australia, which allows us to keep a close eye on quality and have up to 10 years of warranty.
      • Available Space: Be sure to properly assess the available space in the classroom and select desks that fit comfortably without compromising movement. We understand how difficult this process can be, so we often visit our clients' sites to help them organise the space.  

       

      Keep in mind some additional considerations to having a learning space cohesive and clean:

      • Aesthetics: The desks, although important, are only a part of the learning space. Choose furniture that complements the classroom design and creates a visually appealing learning environment. Our designer can create a visual proposal for you to envision your space setting, colours and overall aesthetics.               
      • Sustainability: Consider environmentally friendly materials and sustainable manufacturing practices when selecting desks.
      • Safety: Ensure desks comply with safety regulations and are free from potential hazards like sharp edges or pinch points. Our Ealy Learning Range is a great example, as it is specially designed for younger kids and its safety. 
      • Maintenance: Choose desks that are easy to clean and maintain to ensure longevity and contribute to an organised and tidy learning environment.

      Student desks play a crucial role in shaping the learning environment and influencing student outcomes. Educators can select desks that promote comfort, productivity, and collaboration by carefully considering factors such as student age, needs, and teaching methodology.

         

         

       

        • Karen Rodriguez

        New Textile Designs by Aboriginal Artist Helena Geiger

        Office Line is a proudly Australian-owned company that has been producing cutting-edge classroom and office furniture for over 30 years. Our extensive range of desks, chairs and stools, classroom storage, and other furnishings and accessories can be found in educational and commercial settings right across Australia. 
        • Ammad Khan

        Our Projects: Victoria Park Christian School

        Victoria Park Christian School is a unique educational institution committed to offering an outstanding education while embracing the power of nature-inspired learning. With a focus on delivering a holistic education that integrates outdoor classrooms and nature play areas, the school strives to create an inspiring educational environment.

        In partnership with Office Line, Victoria Park Christian School undertook a project to furnish its new teaching block, including four General Learning Areas (GLAs) for early learning years and a small admin area. The school sought furniture that not only provided functionality but also aligned with its vision for a natural aesthetic, complementing the nature-play playground in front of the classrooms.

         

         Project Overview:

        The project involved the design and furnishing of the new teaching block at Victoria Park Christian School, in collaboration with Matthews & Scavalli Architects. The facility included four GLAs designed for Pre Primary, Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 students, accommodating 24 children per GLA. Additionally, a small administrative area with three workspaces was created. An existing GLA for Kindy students was also part of the project.

        To meet the school's vision of a natural aesthetic and durability, Office Line provided a range of furniture and soft furnishings, including:

        • Cubs Range: Developed specifically for early learning years, this furniture range was chosen for its practicality and comfort. The range includes many types of furniture, such as tables, chairs, stools and benches – all made from high-quality solid European beech. Each piece has been designed and manufactured with children in mind.  Sharp edges and corners have been removed, and non-toxic raw materials have been used throughout.

         

          • Tetris Lounges: These lounges offer flexible seating options for students and teachers, contributing to a dynamic learning environment.
          • Flexistack Units: Versatile and space-efficient, these units facilitate organised storage and seating arrangements in the classrooms. Combining the Gratnells trays and runners with a full melamine cabinet, they are available with various tray combinations, and we even offer a model with a comfortable seat pad to meet the needs of any flexible learning area.

          • Teacher's Armchair (Saba): These armchairs, with timber legs and upholstered in Rosie Paine Fabric, provide a comfortable and stylish seating option for educators. Moreover, embrace the Aboriginal culture and teach kids about it from an early age. 
          • Heavy-Duty Bean Bags: Designed to withstand daily use, these bean bags offer students a comfortable and flexible seating alternative. They are also a great alternative for neurodiverse kids. 
          • Dot Mats: These mats provide a soft and clean surface for various classroom activities.

           

          • Custom Eduflex Square Desks: Three 1500x1500 square desks were customised for Year 1 to allow for group activities and collaborative learning.
          • Play and Sensory Furniture: Various play and sensory furniture items, including a Shopping/Theatre Stand, dress-up trolley, and Play Kitchen, were incorporated to enhance interactive and imaginative learning.

          The choice of fabric was critical to achieving the desired aesthetic and durability. Combining Rosie Made fabrics and Warwick Key largo in shades like 'Navy,' 'Sky,' 'Atlantic,' 'Marigold,' 'Paprika,' and 'Pumpkin' created a vibrant and cozy atmosphere in the classrooms. Office Line also provided Eduflex Bean Bags in 'Red' and 'Dark Blue' Marine grade vinyl to match the school's colour scheme.

          The partnership between Office Line and Victoria Park Christian School resulted in a teaching block seamlessly integrating with the school's commitment to nature-inspired learning. The furniture selected not only met functional requirements but also contributed to a welcoming and nurturing environment. The chosen materials and fabric ensured longevity and ease of maintenance, aligning with the school's vision of providing an outstanding and sustainable educational experience for its students.