Following the closure of Taylor Primary School in 2012 due to structural damage, the ACT Education and Training Directorate invested $13.0m to rectify, refurbish and renew the primary school campus. This include the conversion and upgrade of the former preschool to a new 65 place early childhood centre.
The collaboration of SQC Architecture and The Peppermint Room created a vibrant, modern educational environment that combined opportunity for the latest pedagogy and reflections of the natural attributes of nearby Mount Taylor. Enhancements and expansion to the existing pre-school building included: comprehensive refurbishment of the building envelope, new secure entry point, comprehensive new landscape, external shade and playground structures.
This mixed model centre was designed in keeping with the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care. Environmentally sustainable concepts are used throughout the design to ensure the educators can readily illustrate environmental responsibility during their interaction with the children.
Australian Institute of Architects 2014 ACT Awards – Education Prize
Photographs by Ben Andrews