The concept for this design for this Living and Learning Family Center came from watching the children at another Early Learning Center we designed for the company - the children's interaction with the colored windows along the hallway.
They love to lie up against them, spying on passers-by and in the afternoon when the light streams through they enjoy bathing in the colored light. We took this idea and turned a whole facade of colored glass 'boxes' - window seats which the children can climb into. Into this we also placed low doors so the children can come and go from the playground by themselves, building their independence.
Continuing the theme of the colored boxes, the bathrooms and entry into the rooms also use the same concept, with the same color used in each room to allow easy identification for the children.
On the public side of the building, the design continues the interlocking box concept, but is expressed in a much more adult way, using metal panels inset with timber. In this way the building expresses it's dual purpose as a community and childcare center.