Phil Redmond Architecture and Urbanism (PRau) and Avon Dickie Construction are the collective behind the gorgeous build at the Rabbit Patch Preschool in Burnside.
“A stunning light-filled setting in blondes and neutrals, with soaring ceilings and angles that create a context for creativity”
This beautiful space follows the Reggio Emilia philosophical approach to learning where children use enquiry, investigation and reflection, working alongside their teachers to construct their own learning, by participating in long term investigations and using intelligent, artistic materials.
Guided by the Reggio principles, PRau Director Phil Redmond and his team developed their idea that the building itself should not be the typical saturation of colour – that would be the role of its tiny new occupiers.
Instead, they created a stunning light-filled setting in blondes and neutrals, with soaring ceilings and angles that create a context for creativity.
Key to the brief was that the preschool should feel like a home and the result is an incredibly desirable home, at that.
The strong relationship between the spaces means children in different parts of the building can relate to one another.
Made up of three buildings – two converted workers’ cottages already existed, the new build brings the three into one.
Together they form a semi-circular arc which hugs the playground and ensures it is entirely private from the street.
However, as a hardworking building, sheer beauty was never going to be enough.
Luckily, Phil has more than received the ‘achiever of the day’ certificate for this essay in the architecture-teaching relationship.
“The parents and children love it and take a lot of pride in it – I’m thrilled it is so successful.”