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Early Childhood Centre of Excellence

Childhood Centre of Excellence

[ Commercial / Allied health ]


The Childhood Centre of Excellence is a proposal for a vertical centre for early childhood care, research and innovation in the Gold Coast Health + Knowledge Precinct. The aim for this building was to deliver a building that was a good citizen.

With an emphasis on a sustainable and subtropical design response, the building seeks to engage the public realm in a positive way to provide instances of formal and informal connection between people from diverse backgrounds with a common interest in child development.

Architecture is all about people and relationships. We have made a building that works like an integrated network of communities, a vertical village and living laboratory. The importance of play is encapsulated in the building form and the integration of outdoor garden space.
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Careful consideration of aspect and orientation has allowed us to bring light and nature deep into the plan. The child care centre is focused around a central atrium space that forms the heart of the child’s community. The use of familiar materials such as brick and timber has provided scope to develop an organic form to the garden on the north east whilst developing a move civic response to Frazer Street and the main entry.

Whilst the child care centre is all about open space, play and the feeling of security; the remainder of the building attempts to open up to invite connections. The generous main entry on the corner of Frazer and Hill Street blends a whimsical but civic presence to the precinct; at both serious and playful. The open floor plates are flexible and efficient, echoing the existing built language of its neighbours whilst ensuring environmental efficiency.

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Project Details:

Evans Long + Heathley Asset Management, Gold Coast.
Proposal Approved 2018. In Documentation Phase.