Minifie Park Early Childhood Centre

Client

City of Boroondara

Completed

2013

Location

Balwyn North

Budget

$ 3.5 million

Areas

Architecture
Interior Design
Masterplanning

FMSA Architecture was engaged by City of Boroondara to provide architectural and interior design services for the redevelopment of the Minifie Park Early Childhood Centre.

Located in Balwyn North at the edge of an established community park, the redevelopment project saw the existing aging 60 place Childcare Centre replaced with a new larger 80 place Centre. The new design solution is informed by user feedback and the latest government and independent studies concerning Early Childhood education resulting in improved flexibility, passive security practices and usable educational spaces.

The redeveloped Minifie Park Early Childhood Centre includes formal reception area, staff rooms, long day care and kindergarten spaces, maternal and child health rooms, community use spaces, over 700 square metres of new landscaped play area and additional car park. The redevelopment of the Centre was conducted in two stages to allow services to remain operational.

The selected site presented significant challenges including a steeply sloping parkland site, large existing trees and limited car parking. The design response embraces the setting; incorporating a green roof of 5,500 indigenous vegetation chosen to create an improved habitat for insects, butterflies and birds. The green roof also helps to reduce the visual impact of the building in the park. The design also incorporates several ESD initiatives including rain water harvesting.

Extensive consultation was conducted to ensure that the building met client expectation and needs, responded to the significant site challenges and positively contributed to the highly valued parkland.

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