Blackfriars Public School built in 1884 occupies most of the site. The 3 G.A. Mansfield designed buildings, together with the perimeter fence have high heritage significance.
A childcare centre is essentially a few playrooms with associated services (change rooms, toy storage, craft preparation…). The playrooms are the core of a child’s experience of the building. For a baby or a toddler, nothing is more comforting than home. The aim of the design is to convey a homely feeling. Each playroom is an identifiable volume with a pitch roof like a traditional house but badly drawn; irregular, quirky and unpredictable. Put together they look like a child’s drawing.
Location: Broadway, Ultimo NSW, Australia 33°53’2.27″S, 147°20’5.79″E
Design team: Lacoste+Stevenson Architects in association with DJRD Architects, Thierry Lacoste, David Stevenson, Robin Dyke, Daniel Beekwilder, Angela Rowson, Tommy Yinhui Zhou, Jonathan Capparelli
Structural & mechanical & acoustic engineer: ARUP – Peter MacDonald, Jane Nixon, Ken Maher, Frank Butera, Larry Tedford
BCA: BCA Logic – Stuart Boyce
Quantity surveyor: WT Partnership – Gerry Heaton
Photography / images: Lacoste + Stevenson Architects