Tour 9

Theme:    In & Out - Learning Landscapes

Sites:       The Harbour Family and Children’s Centre; Froebel Early Learning Centre

Designers:   Hassell;  Steffen Welsch Architects

Completed in 2009, the Harbour Family and Children’s Centre immediately established a benchmark for childcare facilities in Australia, showcasing Gowrie Victoria’s vision for outdoor play as a fundamental aspect of early childhood development. The positioning of the rooftop garden as the project’s centrepiece, enveloped by the building, invites the outdoor space into all rooms clearly articulating this aspiration. The play space is designed as a garden for exploration - a diverse and tactile series of nature-based play spaces that provide a flexible canvas for outdoor learning.

Froebel Early Learning Centre was created by converting an inner city derelict school into a childcare facility and kindergarten. To meet design brief and regulations, the architects designed ‘rooms within rooms’ and utilised the internal volume to create additional area. The centre itself is part of a bi-lingual primary school campus within a popular residential area. Interaction of children, parents and educators with both school and local communities drove the outdoor concept and design. Smart insertions into the building, logical and functional external space allocation and sensitive landscape detail allow for meeting and interaction at varying levels.

This page last updated: Wednesday 10 February 2016