The Monash University Peninsula Campus Childcare Centre project focuses on making small but meaningful modifications to improve the way children and staff are able to use the facility. Early learning spaces, change and bathroom facilities are renovated and extended to improve safety and amenity for staff and children. A glazed wall at the end of each learning space opens up to engage with the outdoor deck and landscaped play space.
The brief called for a series of minor modifications to one side of an uncompromisingly symmetrical building. The building is pragmatic and understated yet comfortable and elegant at the same time. We turned away from making an ‘architectural statement’ as this was not what we considered the appropriate design response. Our design challenge was to extend the main frontage with a contemporary addition that respects the character and aesthetics of the existing building so well that it appears as though it was always meant to be there.