The commission for this centre at Orchard Park in Albany came from a developer we had previously worked with on the New Shoots Albany centre.
Based on a similar brief to the previous centre, the new one was to house 125 children with good indoor-outdoor flow and plenty of natural light and WOW-factor.
To achieve this we created a central hallway and brought natural light in from above to animate the main entry with sunlight and shadows. The central classrooms are fully glazed where they connect onto this hallway, providing them with maximum natural daylighting at the rear and views of the comings and goings in the centre for the children. The two other classrooms are glazed on 3 sides and only 7m deep to ensure good daylight penetration from outside.
Staff spaces are arranged along the car park side with linear windows for light and ventilation, concealed partly on the outside by vertical louvres which we coloured differently on each side. This allows the building to take on a different colour depending on which side it is viewed from.