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Early learning center – The Rainbow Corner designed by Collingridge and Smith Architects is inspired by vernacular form of Maori structure.
The centre split into two gable structures is connected by a central circulation core. The interior frames are supported by Glulam frames lends it a warm, soft and natural learning space. The sustainable learning center boasts many interior elements and furnishings which are environmentally certified having low VOC. The entire design is oriented for solar gain in winter. Natural ventilation, shading and thermal mass cools building naturally in summer. Tall and operable sliding doors provide natural light as well as visual connectivity to natural surroundings.
Two house forms – Rainbow early learning center
From the Architects –
Vernacular form –
The design for this Early Learning Centre in Takanini, Auckland, looks to the New Zealand vernacular as a reference point for both form and structure. The centre is split into two ‘house’ like forms which accommodate the center’s play rooms and is joined by a central core of services.
View of the classroom from the play area
Gable roof form – Glulam portal frames
The gabled roof of the traditional Maori whare is used as inspiration for the form, modernized using Glulam portal frames as the main structure of the two ‘houses’.
Axonometric view of the overall learning center
Floor plan of learning center –
The simple, functional plan and structure is given character and depth through the extensive use of timber throughout the interior.
Roof floor plan
Ground floor plan
The glulam portal frame is complemented by New Zealand grown Pinus Radiata plywood paneling, a material chosen for the natural warmth and softness that it gives to interior spaces. The client wanted to create a centre that provided children with an understanding of sustainable principles.
Simple and warm classroom space
The development of a building that reflected those ideas and incorporates sustainability in day-to-day life was key to aiding the center’s approach to teaching. The use of timber throughout the building not only adds to the warm and nurturing atmosphere that was desired by the client, but provides children with an environment that uses a sustainable, natural material as the dominant feature of the design.
View of backyard from the classroom
Sustainable learning center –
All Floor, wall and ceiling coverings were all environmentally certified resulting in best possible internal air quality. Plasterboard, specified paint finishes, sheet timber products are environmentally certified and low VOC. The building has been designed for maximize natural day lighting.
Glass upto gable roof let in natural light
Great indoor / outdoor flow with classrooms experiencing high visual connectivity to outside from each room. The building is fully accessible to wheelchair and ambulant disabled users – flush thresholds on all doors and accessible reception desk and WC provided. Kitchen, laundry and all other staff facilities are all fully accessible. The artificial lighting provided by energy efficient LED bulbs in pendants is approx 80% more efficient than incandescent. Lighting zones are under 100m² and easily switched.
Central core area inside the learning center
The inclusion of solar panels, natural ventilation and sunlight provides the children of the Rainbow Corner Early Learning Centre with a centre that not only educates children about sustainability, but provides them with a natural, comfortable environment to learn, play and grow.
Outdoor play area at backside of center
Project details –
Project Name – The Rainbow Corner
Location – 13 Princess Street, Takanini, Auckland, New Zealand
Architect Firm – Collingridge And Smith Architects (UK) Ltd. (CASA) | www.collingridgeandsmitharchitects.com
Design team – Phil Smith, Graham Collingridge
Client – The Rainbow Corner
Completion Year – 2017
Area – 275 sq.m.
Photography Credits – © Collingridge And Smith Architects UK (Ltd.), © Markplan
Budget – NZ $1.2 million
Contractor – Pink Construction
Structural Engineers – Markplan
Geotech Engineer – Rileys
Environmental Engineer – Rileys
Electrical Engineer – Cosgroves
Fire Engineer – Chesters
Thermal Engineer – EDC
Acoustic Engineer – Marshall Day Acoustics
Hydraulics Engineer – Cosgroves