Froebel Early Learning Centre

project features

  • Bilingual child care and kindergarten 
  • Teaching kitchen and science facilities
  • Central play pods, racing track and giant slide!
  • Low toxic material selection, high energy efficiency
  • Our clients taking possession
    Our clients taking possession
  • The internal cubby house and giant slide
    The internal cubby house and giant slide
  • Ground floor plan with 'race track', our cubby house, the 'play pod' and the raised platforms
    Ground floor plan with 'race track', our cubby house, the 'play pod' and the raised platforms
  • The communal entrance courtyard
    The communal entrance courtyard
  • Masterplan - the early learning centre as part of one community campus
    Masterplan - the early learning centre as part of one community campus
  • The shaded playgrounds connect to the street
    The shaded playgrounds connect to the street
  • City of Yarra Mayor Jackie Fristacky, and Councillors Roberto Colanzi and Sam Gaylard, visit the site
    City of Yarra Mayor Jackie Fristacky, and Councillors Roberto Colanzi and Sam Gaylard, visit the site
  • The race track with a small cubby underneath
    The race track with a small cubby underneath
  • Raised platforms as playspaces with storage underneath
    Raised platforms as playspaces with storage underneath
  • The first floor plan with 'little scientists' corner, open kitchen and café
    The first floor plan with 'little scientists' corner, open kitchen and café
  • Entrance into the 'little scientists' corner
    Entrance into the 'little scientists' corner
  • The City of Yarra inspecting the kitchen under construction
    The City of Yarra inspecting the kitchen under construction
  • The open kitchen allows children to take part in food preparation
    The open kitchen allows children to take part in food preparation
  • In the evening, coloured light glows from inside
    In the evening, coloured light glows from inside

Winner Renovation/Modernisation, Educational Facilities Awards 2015
Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI)

Commendation Renovation/Modernisation, Victorian Chapter Awards 2015
Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI)

 

We teamed up with not-for-profit Froebel Australia to build Froebel’s first early learning centre and kindergarten in Melbourne. 

Sharing the same site as partners Deutsche Schule Melbourne, the German English bilingual school in North Fitzroy (inner Melbourne), the new Froebel centre offers childcare services to 66 children from six weeks to five years.

Our brief was to repurpose former school buildings into an engaging and unique learning environment for young children and their educators and to create a communal hub for the German-Australian community.

The design approach centres on ‘rooms within rooms’, creating a diverse variety of intimate nooks and multipurpose environments for play, reading, art. The centre includes a play pod and even a racing track!

Alongside the whimsical, the design provides a superior solution for the hard-working practicalities of running a busy centre. The centre features teaching kitchen for food education, ample storage, and durable, low-toxic materials. Improved thermal performance is achieved through appropriate internal planning, retrofitting insulation and new double glazed doors and windows.

Sustainability is carried through to the outdoor environment. The garden, designed by Christina Silk from Silk Consulting Landscape Architects and Alexandra Gaunt from Lightbox 3D, features a kitchen garden, a shared entry with the Deutsche Schule to encourage meeting and mingling, and a giant slide whizzing from first floor straight into the playground.

Purpose built areas provide educator training facilities for the Stiftung Haus der kleinen Forscher ‘Little Scientists’ program.

Media

Froebel Award win featured by German-Australian Chamber of Industry & Commerce
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Winner Renovation, Modernisation. CEFPI Awards, 2015
Little Scientists on ABC 730 Report