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t is hard to believe it took just 14 months
from the initial concept to handover
for this contemporary childcare centre
to be completed.
Parry & Whyte Architects were challenged
with creating a modern and inviting childcare
facility that would correspond with the opening of
the Fiona Stanley Hospital. Making use of bright,
bold colours, the design was to be from a child’s
perspective, while paying respect to nature through
an outside nature-themed playscape.
The shape of the north-facing site enabled
the building to be designed so that all activity
spaces could open onto a wide verandah facing
the outdoor play area.
Passive solar design techniques, including
a Solartube roof daylighting system with
an electric dimmer control feature, were
employed. Other materials selected include
a timber trussed roof structure, commercial
AWS aluminum windows and door framing,
acrylic render finishes, Colorbond roofing,
and steel-framed external walls clad with
The external colour palette was evolved
from a series of colours from nearby buildings to
continue the architectural language.
Parry & Whyte Architects also had to adhere to
strict access codes and ensure the new facility was
wheelchair-compliant and child-friendly, with
rooms for babies, commercial on-site kitchen for
meals, and viewing windows in classrooms and
outside, at eye level for children’s and adults.
EARLY LEARNING AND
PARRY & WHYTE ARCHITECTS
This building was designed with contemporary forms and material palettes to be sympathetic to
the other buildings on the Fiona Stanley Hospital site.
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