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.