Futuro Early Learning Centre
Dharug & Dharawal Country
The Futuro Early Learning Centre will be one of two new facilities we are designing for Jeckra. The Centre will accommodate places for 136 children aged 0-5 years old, providing a design solution that embodies the principles of the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy as well as prioritising sustainable building materials and construction.
Alongside the proposed residential re-development of the surrounding agricultural land, the Futuro Early Learning Centre will provide an essential service. It will act as a community hub and seek to forge a relationship with the new K-12 school to be established on the opposite side of the road.
Open spaces are designed to facilitate a connection with land: what the site was before and how these qualities can be re-conceived spatially and materially within our design to reinforce play and learning. The latent traces of a creek line that speak to the form of the land, the way water moves through it and the types of vegetation that would have been endemic to this land have informed a strategy for thinking of the building ‘from outside in’.
The building is designed for all. All spaces within the building and landscaped areas are universally accessible. A space for community forms the hearth of the early learning centre which visually connects to the nature playground beyond. The hearth is a place to play and stay, encourage participation, to share, to listen, to grow.
Building elements in the learning pods are designed to be repeatable across this site and on the second site to be developed nearby. We have thought carefully about how an architecture comprising standard elements could achieve diversity through pattern in repetition combined with a systematic construction methodology that allows for many building components to be pre-fabricated and assembled. Our emphasis is on how the scale, form and material of the architecture can relate to a child and their sense of self within a space. These learning pods will be designed to achieve operational carbon neutrality and constructed to achieve neutral embodied carbon.
SCA Project Team
Sam Crawford, Justine Anderson, Shane Marshall, Charly Watson, Justin Pak, Jarrod Ruchalski