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Aldinga Children’s Centre Wins International Recognition

The integrated indoor and outdoor learning environment, designed by Kilpatrick Architecture with Meinhardt providing structural, civil and building services engineering, has received a Commendation Award (Category 1 – Entire New School) at the CEFPI (Council of Educational Facility Planners International) Conference in Canberra.

The community hub is for pre-school children from 3 to 5 years with provision for an Inclusive Preschool Program for children with disabilities.

Due to the complex nature of the building, which is based around a seaside theme, significant effort was put into ensuring that the building services and structure worked with and not against the architect’s vision. This included false ceilings, large cantilevers and unusual building materials.

Judges’ Citation

“The emphasis on inclusiveness and openness is addressed through the use of “see through” spaces and great use of natural light. The use of natural materials and a gentle palette is entirely refreshing and privileges colour through people and objects. The community involvement in the design and the active use of evaluation is impressive.”

“By addressing playful ideas, using a local theme and incorporating sustainable materials this centre appears to be more than appropriate for the community it services. It looks like a joyful place to be.”

Images below by Hiro Ishino

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