Creating a village-like space that placed community connectivity at the heart of its values was the driving concept for this childcare centre in Mairangi Bay. The centre will cater for up to 100 children, all of whom will learn and play in light, open playrooms that look out onto the surrounding native garden landscape.
The arrangement of classrooms has been key in developing the ‘village’-like atmosphere, with the circular form meaning all playrooms are connected in a central space. This space has been transformed into an internal garden with native cabbage trees, and will be a gathering point for parents, children and staff. The central garden also functions as the primary circulation route, connecting all four classrooms and the reception/entrance area through a covered decked pathway.
Transparency has been an important approach in creating a centre that feels ‘connected’. The building is extensively glazed so that there are visual connections from one playroom to another, as well as out towards the surrounding garden and playground.