The pods are arranged to form a triangular courtyard. This play area is partially protected by a generous translucent veranda, providing diffused light over external links between pods.
The roof forms elevate to the east, allowing the morning light to energise the childrens’ activity spaces.
High-level electrically operated windows provide passive ventilation for natural airflow throughout the day.
Rainwater is stored in detention tanks and re-used for flushing toilets and irrigation.
Superstructures are an assembly of cross-laminated timber panels and steel frames; both systems were prefabricated off-site and quickly erected on site.
Services are discretely organised within each building giving careful thought and consideration to respect the nature of the solid timber construction.
Each of the three passively controlled pods has its own colour palette reflecting the world’s primary elements:
Building A: Toddlers (age 2-3) & staff
Nature: Green (Spanish Green and Cabbage Pont)
Building B: Infants (age 0-2)
Earth: Light Terracotta (Baroque and Sante Fe)
Building C: Preschool (age 3-5)
Water: Blue (Half Dusted Blue and Navada)
Each building's interior has a soft timber backdrop from the exposed structural cross-laminated timber panels.
This adds another textural link connecting to the surrounding environment.
Large sections of glazing enhance the site’s elevation, bringing the outside in, and creating a sense of being amongst the trees.
There is a harmonised visual language between architecture, interiors and furniture. This creates a flow of design continuity and wayfinding within the centre.
New Shoots themselves designed bespoke cabinetry to suit interior spaces and respective palettes, reinforcing this flow.
We worked closely with lighting designers to conceive a lighting approach that creatively weaves throughout the spaces, giving soft, curvaceous elements to the orthogonal internal walls.