The Willows Early Learning Centre in Christchurch can be described as a ‘pavilion in the park’, where a modulating, geometric roof forms a tree-like canopy over the building. The timber frame building is simple and functional, where the form and organisation of interior and exterior spaces has been developed in direct response to the site. The low-lying, rectangular building sits centered on the site, with a sheltered outdoor playground nestled behind the building, and a carpark and drop-off point for parents at the front.
The five main playrooms are situated around the edge of the building, and all receive plenty of natural light through the extensively glazed façade. The entrance features a ‘pop-up’ roof, providing the centre with a light-filled, welcoming space for parents and children.