Incorporating heritage listed houses with a contemporary addition, whilst initially considered challenging, proved to be beneficial to the successful realisation of the requirements of the School’s desired learning environments. The three houses were stripped out completely, to open up the spaces for studio-like classrooms. To overcome the limitation of each house being at differing levels to each other, a connection with the new piazza space was achieved with an exciting child-friendly circulation area.
The houses allowed the individual classrooms to have a home-like feel, as their familiar nature and sense of scale helps ease the transition from home to ‘institution’, for infant children. The new roof terrace, large internal ‘piazza’ play area and an adjacent ground level terrace have created a series of new indoor and outdoor play areas, that allow all infant students to gather, learn and perform and are practical for parents to visit and interact with their children.