The brief for the JSRACS Beechboro Kindergarten was to design an eco-principle driven kindergarten building for 60 children within tight budgetary constraints. The interior spatial brief expressed a d...
The brief for the JSRACS Beechboro Kindergarten was to design an eco-principle driven kindergarten building for 60 children within tight budgetary constraints. The interior spatial brief expressed a desire to create relaxed teaching environments befitting of the pre-school age group utilising materials and finishes that had inherent simple & nurturing quality about them. The main solution was to bring together passive and active design solutions by using highly energy efficient, sustainable materials and finishes in the assembly of the various components to the space.
The primary structural timber armature follows a simple rudimentary plan, morphing itself in three dimensional form into a perfect marriage of the interior space, directly expressed in the geometry of the teaching spaces. The R6.0 wall and roof insulation systems combined with double glazed window elements provide a thermally temperate internal environment minimising heat gain in summer, retaining warmth in winter and promoting cross flow ventilation via high level automated awning windows. The space is a 99.9 % timber solution with the only piece of structural steel being a single column positioned within the centre of the space.
The interior quality of the space has strong references to a Nordic style of design. Internal surfaces are clad in Eco plywood, while skylights positioned overhead amidst the coloured acoustic ceiling panels flood the teaching spaces with soft natural light. The design of puzzle pieces as cabinetry serves as a visual metaphor expressed in form. The units provide additional storage as well as play zones and can also be used as room dividers to separate the teaching spaces.