BiraBira Early Learning Centre | R ARCHITECTURE

BiraBira Early Learning Centre | R ARCHITECTURE | Photographer: Tatjana Plitt

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

BiraBira Early Learning Centre | R ARCHITECTURE

Traditional Land Owners


Educational Architecture
The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (VIC)
Tatjana Plitt
Project summary

R ARCHITECTURE undertook site investigations and feasibility studies over many years to identify an appropriate site. It became clear that some out-of-the-box thinking was required to create a replicable model. Bira Bira ELC demonstrates an inventive, adaptive repurposing of an existing warehouse shell, creating an exemplary learning environment in size, configuration, and indoor/outdoor connectivity; the layout of Bira Bira ELC facilitates a calmer transition in children’s learning and development. The outdoor play area is centred and visible upon arrival, providing children with comfort rather than confusion when experiencing hallways and rooms.

The outdoor space is a crucial part of the educational vision that facilitates flexibility, access to natural light and creates an environment that dignifies collegiality and better support educators in the workplace that fosters knowledge-sharing with external specialists, as well as appropriate areas for withdrawal and respite during the work day, and positively influence the development of other centres.

Victorian Jury Presentation

Bira Bira is an environment in which children can experience the wonder of life through a process of social, physical, and intellectual transformation. R ARCHITECTURE brought our ideal learning centre to life as they understood our passion and could visualise our intentions. The result was a collaboration informed by their architectural expertise and our own training to create an engaging environment for children to learn, grow and develop, while also creating a welcoming workplace for our educators to enjoy. We now have a beautiful, converted warehouse space where we can share our passion for this unique innovative early learning model.

BiraBira Early Learning Centre | R ARCHITECTURE | Photographer: Tatjana Plitt

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