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2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Home Consortium Early Learning Centre, Richlands | Cox Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
Yuggera Ugarapul People
Year
2024
Chapter

Queensland

Region

Brisbane

Category
Educational Architecture
Builder
Tomkins
Photographer
Christopher Frederick Jones
Project summary

The Richlands Early Learning Centre transforms a dormant warehouse building into a welcoming childcare centre for Guardian. The adaptive reuse of the unused building provides a highly sustainable model of development whereby the embodied energy and carbon used to create the original building is retained and given new life, bypassing the wasteful process of demolition and reconstruction.

The design is organised around the idea that all movement is made along a verandah like space synonymous with Queensland’s lifestyle and climate. A perforated screen forms a continuous ribbon that frames the central outdoor play space and filters light like lattice on a verandah, designed to evoke memories of home.

The interior spaces are restrained and a palette of warm oak and pastel green combines with white lofted ceiling spaces to create a calming environment where the creative works of the children can take centre stage.

The design of the centre provides an amazing environment for children to begin their learning and socialisation journeys with the design facilitating a sense of curiosity and engagement, the kids genuinely love this space!

The building feels safe and welcoming by providing outlook and connection to the central outdoor play space from all indoor areas. This aspect particularly makes supervision and management of children streamlined and easy to coordinate for all carers working in the centre.

The centre is a great place to come to work and a great place to play and learn for children.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Efficient Living, ESD
Jeckra, Project Manager
MWA Environmental, Acoustics and Air Quality
Northrop, Structural Engineer
Omnii, Fire Engineer
Package Landscape Australia, Landscape Consultant
Urbis, Town Planner

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