This project presented a very exciting opportunity to develop and create contemporary and accessible learning environments within buildings of heritage significance in the heart of the urban context.
Our challenge was to convert the late Federation Romanesque style, St Peter’s Catholic School building and associated 1970’s building in the heart of the Little Riley Heritage Conservation Area into a series of contemporary and progressive child care environments which are unique to their particular context and maximise the opportunity to grow and learn. Given the significance of the old School building, it was essential to respect the external fabric in adaptively re-using the spaces within. Naturally, the 1970’s component lent itself to more extension and adaption which allowed us to include modern interventions.
Surrounded by mature trees, the outdoor play space becomes both a haven from the surrounding urban environment and a safe, nurturing place for inquiry based learning.