Situated in the gateway location of Auckland’s burgeoning Northwest is the purpose-built early learning centre in Taupaki, Kumeu. Positioned to capture the demand for childcare within a residential catchment the centre accommodates for 120 children ranging from 3 months to 6 years, providing specialised and distinctive rooms for the growth and development of young minds.
Sited within the rural setting the single-level building covers a lettable area of 818 sqm, including 185 sqm of decks and shared canopy spaces. An additional expansive ground of 1397 sqm of sealed driveway and car parking provides ample child drop off and collection.
The idyllic country setting played a crucial role in the project, where New Zealand vernacular architecture is reflected with a barn-like design, which is both traditional and modern. Presenting a sense of belonging, the striking gable roof form reflects a rural and homely feel, which the wider community can identify with. The imitation of a warm and inviting home base is enhanced through the selection of vertical timber cladding and aluminium roofing.