Chigwell Child and Family Centre delivers learning programs and activities for 0–6 year olds and their parents. Its non-institutional atmosphere and user-friendly scale is welcoming, comfortable, engaging and accessible. It addresses social isolation and builds community by encouraging a sense of inclusion through active participation or passive observation of the programs on offer.
A mezzanine-level play spine for the children runs the entire length of the building incorporating cubbies, play nooks, sleeping nests, and tunnels interspersed with climbing and sliding fun between levels.
The centre’s homely interior with ample daylight, natural timber, and lively colour, creates a high quality, fresh and healthy atmosphere. Its strong identity and sense of place is enhanced by views to the spectacular borrowed landscape of the River Derwent beyond. Energy efficient, low maintenance, sustainable design has reduced running costs and increased capacity for program delivery.
This project by Morrison & Breytenbach Architects with Scott & Ryland Architects.