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Project Description

Bridgeman Downs Childcare

Project: Bridgeman Downs Childcare
Project Location: Bridgeman Downs, QLD
Project Size: 650m²
Architect: Jessica Hardwick Architecture
Builder: Nairn Constructions

Arcpanel (75mm Custom Panel) with incorporated polycarbonate sheeting as full length skylights

Jessica Hardwick Architecture is a small architectural practice based in Brisbane, specialising in residential, multi-residential and “commercial projects with heart”.

The Bridgeman Downs site provides a gorgeous bushland setting and the primary objective from day one has been to make the most of this. The bushland on the site is ecologically significant so in designing the centre we were constantly balancing the desire to remove as few trees as possible and the desire to create an immersive outdoor play experience for the children. By keeping the built form toward the front of the site, we have minimised tree removal, leaving the majority of the 10,000m² site untouched as bushland.

The expansive covered outdoor play areas at Little Village are the heart of the centre, bringing the bushland setting inside and ensuring that children can spend most of their day playing outside, regardless of the weather. The outdoor play areas also form a sort of “Village Piazza” in that they create a large communal space where children can engage across age groups. All families walk through the outdoor play areas each morning when they arrive, further reinforcing the importance of outdoor play to the ethos of the centre. We also introduced skylights and high-level clerestory glazing to bring sky views and natural ventilation into the studios.

Read the full interview with Jessica Hardwick >

ARCPANEL systems are designed to be highly customisable while reducing construction time, onsite labour, and cost. Panel lengths are made to order and available in lengths up to 20 metres. Top & bottom sheet colours can be selected from the Colorbond® range. Our staff are available to provide support on demand throughout the design, documentation, and construction phases for all project irrespective of size. Please contact us, we are only too happy to assist with your design endeavours.

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