White room with children drawing on walls and floor.

Hayball Sydney Studio, whiteboard room. Photo © Brett Boardman

Hayball Workshop – Creating Our Future (child and carer) 2018

Focus Tour - Saturday 2 November 2019

Surry Hills




Hayball in association with Bettina Steffens


2018 Short-listed for IDEA Awards

2018 Longlisted for Dezeen Awards

2018 Short-listed for Australian Timber Design Awards

With its new Sydney studio, design firm Hayball is practising what its architects preach in educational design. Completed in late 2017 inside a former shoe factory, the Surry Hills studio space is conceived as a workplace prototype and living laboratory where education strategies can be tested firsthand.

The studio’s tactile interior blends warm plywood joinery and concrete floors, with sit-to-stand work desks and contemporary furniture, largely by Australian designers. Among the mix of group and solo workspaces and child-friendly play zones are a fireside lounge (meeting) room, and a whiteboard ‘drawing’ room, furnished for kids. As a space for testing ideas, the studio is a beautifully crafted canvas for both work and play, designed for adults and children alike.

To foster a sense of community, families and school groups are invited into the studio to experience its mix of spaces. This provides the opportunity to observe how children and students interact with and respond to each setting, and feed those vital real-life findings back into Hayball’s wider research and design work.

Tour experience

A hands-on workshop for both children (ages 5 - 12) and adults will explore future visions for schools and workplaces, putting participants in the driver’s seat beside the architects.

In this session children will participate in a Hack Your School workshop that asks primary students to reinvent the school and use architectural tools to explore and make learning environments of the future.

Running concurrently, From Learning to Earning brings adults into the design conversation, using the latest research into learning environments to help participants model their own future visions for the workplace.

Drawing on the physical example of the Hayball studio, both workshops are designed to challenge and engage participants of various ages and empower them to question and improve their own working environments and traditional ideas about work and play spaces.

Please note: Each ticket provides admission for one child and one carer to workshop.


Andrew Fong

Andrew is a practising architect with wide-ranging experience in learning-centred projects. He specialises in developing spaces to support learners by advocating for diverse, immersive environments. Collaborations with institutions such as the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney Living Museums, the Australian Museum, the University of Sydney’s Chau Chak Wing Museum and NSW-based schools have instilled in Andrew a strong understanding of exhibition and education design principles.

Eleanor Peres

Eleanor has extensive experience in diverse and experimental creative practices spanning architecture, fashion, urbanism, and exhibition and installation design. Her multidisciplinary experience has developed into a fascination with the empowering effect creative and informal learning can have on our experience of everyday environments.

Tristan Balogh

Tristan’s work over the past two years has largely focused on public and education projects. He has been involved in high-profile public projects, procured through design excellence winning competition entries, including Parramatta Civic Centre and Ultimo Public School. These projects have taught him the importance of bold and distinct architecture, while appreciating the balance of practicality, constructability and safety.

Pauline Winjono

Pauline is an architectural graduate who has always been passionate about education, design and making. Pauline has extended her knowledge of designing education projects since she joined Hayball a year ago and this has expanded her interest in innovative and inventive responses to the learning needs of primary school children.

Robert Chan

Robert is a practising architect with a wealth of experience in education and healthcare projects. His leadership in complex and challenging NSW school projects has steered the resolution of well-considered high-quality design responses.

  • Person in small nook built into wall.
  • Book lined room with people working at tables.
  • Room with smaller rooms divided off by sliding doors.

Key information

Session duration



This tour has a capacity of 16 people per session.

to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available

  • Pram friendly
    An area to store prams during the workshops is available