BAYSIDE CHILD CARE CENTRE

Here are some images of a Child Care Centre we have been working on. The Centre is designed to accommodate a licenced capacity of 75 Children and has also been designed in accordance with the Queensland Child Care Regulations and Section MP 5.4 of the QDC.

The Centre is comprised of four indoor play spaces that step into the communal outdoor play space. The outdoor play space is conceived as a large courtyard garden that provides protection, light and a connection with nature for the children and carers.

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BUNDABERG FARMHOUSE

The site is located in the heart of a working farm situated 15 minutes north of Bundaberg's city centre. Surrounding the existing house is a Macadamia Plantation and further afield the land is used for intensive sweet potato farming. The existing pre-1942 timber house has had a number of additions over the years.  To the rear of the house, a collection of corrugated steel clad sheds have accumulated to keep the workings of the farm close to the house.

The new extension appropriates the language of the existing ‘Queenslander’ and adds a new living wing to the existing house. The old house is reprogrammed to accommodate the private functions of sleeping and bathing. The new open-planned addition accommodates the social and communal requirements of the growing family. The rooms are open to the north and to views of the macadamia trees beyond. Solid walls and windows are carefully positioned to block views to the working sheds and maximise views to the sky, the garden and the macadamia plantation. 

Villa Mairea 1939 by Alvar Aalto

The Villa Mairea is one of many highly informative pieces of architecture that we visited by the great Finnish architect Alvar Allto.

This building embodies the essence of humanist organic modernism and was designed to harmonise the relationship between people and nature.

While the house was designed over 70 years ago it has an enduring relevance to human occupation of landscape and space. 

Nothing in the building's materiality or appearance is ostentatious, yet the journey through and around the house moves the human spirit, and also heightens the relationship between occupant and nature.