Located at the southern gateway to the new South Eveleigh precinct, the client was keen to create a landmark building that would successfully integrate the precinct into the wider community. The brief was complex, with a variety of uses including childcare, education spaces, a community room and a wellness centre.
Our design solution was to turn the building around to face the residential areas to the south, creating a large shade canopy as a welcoming gesture. Beneath, there was a children's playground and a new cafe / yoga studio providing a social focus at the gateway to the site. The base of the building was integrated into the nearby park with stone clad gabion walls. A generous grandstand seating bay overlooks the public spaces where people are welcome to sit and enjoy the view. Above, a childcare facility hovers as a distinctive white box, clad with vertical privacy louvres. The rooftop level has been dedicated as a publicly accessible indigenous garden, featuring edible plants providing food to the local restaurants.