Camperdown Childcare

Using pop-up clerestory windows, primary shapes and platonic forms, CO-AP inserted new architecture into a former industrial warehouse building near Sydney, transformed into a childcare center.

CO-AP, Camperdown Childcare, Camperdown, Australia
This project sensitively inserts new architecture into a former industrial warehouse building, located in the inner west of Sydney, for a new 80-place childcare centre.
The brief called for a new 80-place childcare centre that would accommodate indoor and outdoor playspaces, an abundance of daylight and natural ventilation and a low VOC materials specification. Dominant bright colours, usually associated with institutional childcare accommodation, were avoided in preference to a palette of natural, honest materials and finishes to create a familiar residential feel. A large cut-out to the existing warehouse roof created outdoor playspaces open to the elements while the remaining roof provides shade and shelter over the new internal building forms. Where possible, the warehouse building elements retained were left in original condition to reveal layers of site history.
CO-AP, Camperdown Childcare, Camperdown, Australia
CO-AP, Camperdown Childcare, Camperdown, Australia

The new interior architecture incorporates pop-up clerestory windows allowing sunshine to penetrate deep into the playrooms. The use of primary shapes and platonic forms in the building elements give opportunities for imagination and education. In collaboration with the landscape architect CO-AP integrated a series of naturally non-uniform and adventurous elevated spaces amongst prerequisite soft-fall surrounds. These provide stimulating play areas to challenge balance and promote risk evaluation that are fundamental for early childhood development.

A modularised system of fabrication yielded an economical and efficient build, allowing for on site construction and fit-out to be completed in 12 weeks.

Camperdown Childcare, Camperdown, Australia
Program: childcare centre
Architects: CO-AP
Project Team: Will Fung, Patrik Braun, Tina Engelen
Landscape Architect & Playspace Consultant: Fiona Robbé Landscape Architecture
Structure: Partridge Structural
Hydraulics: Glenn Haig & Partners
Stormwater: Ecological Design
Acoustics: Acoustic Logic
BCA: BCA Logic
Mechanical: Northrop Consulting Engineers
Builder: Blitz Group Pty Ltd
Landscape Contractor: Jamie Miller Landscapes
Mechanical: R&J Airconditioning Services
Client: Explore & Develop Camperdown
Construction cost: $850,000.00
Area: 1,113 sqm
Completion: 2014

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