Our brief was to restore the heritage listed building to create Canberra’s first Jewish early learning centre. The building, designed by architect Enrico Taglietti and constructed in 1975, was formerly a preschool but had been unoccupied for some years and had fallen into disrepair.
We carefully restored the original fascias, cedar soffit, window frames and doors to the exterior and applied colourful glazing films to give a subtle but playful dose of colour to the façade. Internally the original large cedar skylights were refurbished and a refreshing, yet sympathetic selection of colours, finishes and graphics were used to revive the building.
The renovation not only gave new life to the building, but it created a versatile space that is used as a childcare centre on weekdays and community centre on weekends.
Builder Rork Projects Awarded – Winner: 2013 Master Builders & CBUS Awards – Commercial Conservation Heritage Projects
Photographs by Ben Andrews