tom godden architects and matthew crawford architects have completed a high-rise childcare center in perth, australia, that differentiates itself from other facilities by focusing on sophisticated, well-thought design. while in other examples of this typology, walls are usually painted in bright colors, the skyplay north perth school of early learning features off-form concrete and plywood panels, which act as a backdrop for the vibrancy that fills the space – laughing children, colorful toys and playful furniture.

trees grow in this high-rise childcare center, by tom godden + matthew crawford architects

 

 

tom godden architects and matthew crawford architects came up with the skyplay concept as a place where children can have the best of both worlds – the opportunity to play in the ‘sky’ as well as on ground level. a double-height ‘studio’ sits at the heart of the building and acts as a home for whole-of-center performances and gatherings. large glass windows internally encourage children to interact with, and learn from, other age groups on different levels. 

 

 

a connection to nature is prominent in the design with several trees sensitively incorporated into the building, and outdoor play areas directly adjacent to the indoor spaces, which reduce travel for children and enable staff to supervise them seamlessly. permanently-undercover outdoor areas allow children to play comfortably all year round. externally, the building design is a deceptively simple three-story form that sits alongside an existing 1907 heritage-listed police station.

 

 

 

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edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

  • Ok concept, but not a great execution – artificially creating an outdoor environment is no substitue for the outdoor environment. Why not real trees gapped through the concrete floors, or even simpler, how about real grass rather than astro-turf. It’s a reconstruction of nature, which again adds to the general loss of the connection to nature that children are suffering across the planet. An actual garden with living things is far more engaging for a child than a toy.

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