FLYNN EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTRE
MUNNS SLY MOORE ARCHITECTS
The Flynn Early Childhood Learning Centre project involved the adaptive reuse of part of the former Flynn Primary School to accommodate the co-location of two existing childcare centres within a larger facility. Extensive stakeholder consultation was conducted with the original architect, Dr Enrico Taglietti and with all stakeholder groups to inform the design and conservation process and guide the outcome. The result is a respectful adaptation of two of the 1972/74 building units in association with a new insertion, which provides a link accommodating entrance and administrative functions. The new work has been guided by a formal Statement of Significance and Conservation Strategy prepared by the consultant heritage architect. New work has been detailed such that it is clearly identifiable and reversible. The new insertion steps back from the line of the original roofs allowing the original composition to continue to be read from surrounding vantage points. The new building takes its cues from the original architecture in parapet and soffit datum heights whilst referencing the angular nature of the concrete walls and window openings of the original. The strength of the existing courtyard wall is celebrated within the soaring light filled volume of the children’s dining area.
Architect/Practice: Munns Sly Moore Architects
Practice Team: Chris Jacobi (Project Architect), Conrad Moore (Project Director), Jai Huynh (Team Member), Elise Miles (Interior Designer)
Consultant Team: AWT Consulting Engineers (Structural Consultant), Taylor Thomson Whitting (Civil Consultant), Norman Disney Young (Electrical/Mechanical Consultant), Tennant Hydraulic Consulting Services (THCS, Hydraulic Consultant), Envirolinks Design (Landscape Consultant), Turner & Townsend (Cost Consultant), Enrico Taglietti & Associates (Original Architect), Certified Building Solutions (Building Certifier), Peter Freeman Conservation Architects + Planners (Heritage Consultant)
Construction Team: Boss Constructions (Project Manager)
Photographer: Ben Wrigley - Photohub