The location for this 125 child early learning centre in Albany posed a unique problem in that the surrounding catchment was full of early childhood centres – seven in total.
The client knew this area well and was adamant that a well designed, purpose built, and unique centre would offer something more than the competition and wanted to use the design quality to ‘advertise’ the quality of the service they offered.
We adopted the simple concept of a white frame, filled with coloured boxes, like a child’s puzzle. Glass fills the space between the solid boxes, and the boxes contain all the service areas such as WCs etc.
To create an immediate ‘WOW’ factor, we created a tall entry space, filled with natural light from above, and created one wall of display ‘boxes’ that the children could