A user-centric learning environment that updates to meet your needs

Is your current learning environment functional? Do the spaces support your operating culture and needs? Is it pleasant and efficiently used? Does your current learning environment serve constantly changing ways of teaching and learning?

The operating culture at educational institutes is radically changing and teaching and learning methods are increasingly varied. New practices and methods also require a new type of learning environment. Its renewal should be done in a user-centric and participatory way.

Schools and learning environments have traditionally been designed to last for decades. However, the current speed of change means it is difficult to predict when and how ways of teaching and learning will change and what demands this will place on learning environments.

Martela’s new Learning environment as a Service model is a solution to this challenge. It enables educational institutes to create easily modifiable, versatile learning and teaching environments that adapt to the users’ individual needs. The service includes continuous optimisation of the learning environment.

Martela’s Learning environment as a Service ensures your learning environment is always at its best.


Four steps to the continuous optimisation of the learning environment


Benefits of the Learning environment as a Service model

The learning environment is tested, evaluated and developed continuously.

The learning environment is created based on the users and their experiences.

Productivity improves and so does the ability to innovate.

User experience improves as the operating and learning culture is renewed.

Budgeting becomes easier thanks to predictable and controllable total costs.


Select a service package best suited for your needs

Schools and educational institutions are activity-based environments that must serve their users flexibly. Martela’s Learning environment as a Service model ensures a learning environment that is always at its best.

A Learning environment as a Service is always implemented as a solution that matches the needs of the organisation and its users. The services available are the specification of development goals and needs, participatory planning and implementation of the learning environment.

The continuous optimisation model consists of measurement and analysis of the use of the spaces and the user experience, participatory planning for updates, furniture as a service, optimisation and recycling service and development of operating culture.

We put the collected data to good use and make plans in collaboration with the users. The Martela team will also be responsible for the implementation of the learning environment and its continuous optimisation.

Learning environment as a Service is easy to adopt. Since we collect user experiences and measure the utilisation rate of the spaces, we obtain a lot of information that helps us to modernise the learning environment in ways that meet the users’ needs.


Do you want to learn more?

Learning environment as a Service brings you a genuinely user-centric working environment as a continuous service.

Be an early adopter and ask our expert to contact you!


An example of a service package

36 months
887 EUR/month (VAT 0%)

User-centric implementation of an activity-based environment.

Furniture as a service (value of furniture 25,000 EUR).

Continuous optimisation of the learning environment,
implemented annually, inspection every 12 months.

Measurement, analysis and reporting of user experience.

Additional services: planning of updates, optimisation and recycling service.

Kalasatama Urban Lab is a highly flexible space thanks to LeaaS

“The starting point for the design was an extremely flexible, ecological and functional space which can easily be modified by changing the furnishing. The aim was to make the space suitable for workshops, meetings and exhibitions and, if needed, be transformed into many uses, like even for yoga lessons”, Raudaskoski and Knuuti list as examples.

Owing to Martela’s service model, the furnishing can now be modified to suit each situation.

“Besides, the service model is an ecological solution, because the unused pieces of furniture are recirculated. It reduces environmental load”, the designers say.

Kalasatama is a model area for Helsinki’s climate goals, where various smart solutions and forms of the sharing economy are being developed and experimented with. At Kalasatama, there are already some shared parking lots, areas and cars.

“We are currently developing the Spaces as a Service approach, in which furnishing the space as a service supports the idea very well”, says Community Manager Maija Bergström of the Smart Kalasatama project from Forum Virium.

“We were looking for an innovative partner for Kalasatama Urban Lab, and Martela was prepared to see how well their service model fits quick-cycle furnishing and modification of the space in a way that the furnishings could change according to needs of the events, if necessary, daily. This service is well-suited to a model area for climate goals. In Kalasatama Urban Lab we want to utilize Martela Outlet selection and in this way keep the carbon footprint low. We are eager to see the results of the cooperation”, Bergström says.

  • Kalasatama Urban Lab opened its doors in November 2018.
  • Located on Level 3 of REDI shopping centre, this multiuse space is suitable for both public and private occasions, accommodating up to 60 people.
  • Information on Smart Kalasatama and its events is available at

Waste Nothing – Learning environment as a Service
is an antidote to throwaway culture

Martela follows the Waste Nothing principle in all its operations and thus strives to minimise its impact on the environment. Furniture in good condition is sold through the Martela Outlet store or online store (in Finland). Some furniture are serviced and/or reupholstered before they are sold. Furniture that has come to its end is utilised in energy generation or as secondary raw material.